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Michael Soule - The Grandfather of Conservation Biology

The Vent: 

Back in November of 2012, I was transitioning from my ill-fated book attempt to my current potential pie in the sky movie endeavor.  I’d just read a book titled The Spine of the Continent by Mary Ellen Hannibal that featured the “most ambitious conservation effort ever undertaken.” It’s an effort to create connected wildlife habitats all the way from Mexico to the Yukon Territory - the length of North America - and is the brainchild Michael Soule who is conside

Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion Fame) - An Inquiry Never Sent

The Vent: 

For many years, I had hoped to get in touch with Garrison Keillor…for there are few storytellers as talented as he.  I tried contacting him while he was still actively involved in his long running show Prairie Home Companion, but had no success (if I can find that correspondence I’ll include it here at a later time).

Letter To Tom Mangelsen - World Renowned Nature Photographer

The Vent: 

I've known Tom for over thirty years, although not extremelly well.  But our paths crossed hundreds of times at the World Famous Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming because that was our mutual hangout.  I've lived in Jackson two different times over my life, the first time from 1978 to about 1984, then from 1996 to 1998.  Between 1984 and 1996 I lived mostly in Pinedale only 77 miles to the south of Jackson; needless to say, I still made it back to "The Cowboy" on occassion.  Tom is originally from Nebraska, but like me moved to Jackson as a young man but has never left.

The Latest Effort To Find Help With A Killer Movie Treatment - Michael Lewis, Author of The Undoing Project

The Vent: 

Here's my most recent attempt to find real help for getting the biggest environmental message out that mankind will ever hear. What I mean by "real help" is an accomplished screenwriter or a novelist who has had a feature film made from one or more of their books. 

I'm Not Shitting You - Here's Some Real Encouraging News On The Environmental Front

Now here's some encouraging news about the private sector stepping forward to do what's right by us wildlife and the habitat we rely on.

I mentioned hope and inspiration in my previous post, and this is the stuff that keeps my friend - The Don Quixote of Fish Biologists - going. 

Here's an excerpt from an uplifting article:  By this time next year, I believe we’ll reflect back on 2017 as the year that the private sector stepped up to protect our land, water and wildlife for future generations.

You Want Hope & Inspiration - Here's Some From National Geographic

It's hope and inspiration that keeps most of you humans going, and I can understand that.  There are times that I lose hope when I see, or hear, about your incessant barrages of habitat altering activities - both aquatic and terrestrial.  Some of my ilk have even got downright depressed over the situation; but are fortunate to have your pharmaceuticals to rely on to get them through those tough times (reminds me of the Rolling Stones song Mother's Little Helper).  Here's a great example:

Got To Respect Those Fisheries Observers Who Are Out There With Our Best Interest In Mind

Here's a sad story of one of the many dedicated observers, who knowing what the dangers were, still would probably not give in to the threats and corruption that is rampant in the high seas fisheries.  If I had a hat, it would be off to people like Keith Davis.