Nature and Culture: March 5 2:00-4:00pm at Peace Church. Download more information- Nature and Culture
The North Shore’s Ancient & Unfolding Stories with Chel Anderson
Ancient forces of fire and ice set the physical stage for today’s North Shore, influencing nature’s ecologies and human economies, even today. How the land, Lake Superior and human culture are intertwined is revealed in natural and cultural history. From trout cruising Lake Superior’s cold, clear water to maple syrup at the local farmer’s market, from nocturnal wildness and bird migration at Hawk Ridge to black bears doing the “fall shuffle” – the North Shore’s stories tell of connections, relationships and interdependence that began more than a billion years ago. We are part of the still unfolding stories.
Chel Anderson came to live and work on Minnesota’s North Shore in 1974. Since then she has worked in various positions in the Superior National Forest, as a consulting ecologist and botanist in the private and public sectors, and with the Minnesota Biological Survey. In 2001 she received the Minnesota Chapter of the Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Award for her “tireless efforts to inventory northeast Minnesota’s plant communities, her work to support conservation action with sound science, and her extraordinary ability to inspire passion for wild things and wild places.”
Looking at Nature Here and Now, with Larry Weber
There is a tendency to think that Nature is always somewhere else or in some other time. I believe that we are immersed in Nature all the time, here and now. I use phenology as a method of observing and recording what is happening in Nature during our annual trip around the sun. This involves noting the weather and the astronomical happenings as well as the local flora and fauna, and we see that Nature is always with us here and now!
Larry Weber recently retired from a 40-year career as a science teacher. He taught students from seventh grade to graduate school. His awards include the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year in 1993 and the National Biology Teacher Association’s Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year for 1998. Larry writes a weekly phenology column for a local newspaper, presents phenology updates for two radio stations and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. He lives with his wife on an old farm in Carlton County, Minnesota where he watches, photographs and writes about critters.