One of the few silver linings of the global pandemic has been that I’ve had the opportunity to talk to more groups in more places than would ordinarily be logistically feasible. A few upcoming talks are at events that are open to broad audiences, so I thought I’d share those here in case anyone is interested. My talks, of course, will be fabulous, but I’d encourage you to also look at the full agendas of the conferences/workshops that are hosting me – there are a lot of great talks and interesting topics being covered.
January 27, 1 PM. Topic: Growing a larger constituency for conservation. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, See more information and register here.
January 28, 7 PM. Topic: All the Little Things (how plants and invertebrates play critical roles in ecosystems). Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission‘s Nature Speaks Program. See more here.
February 24 (evening). Topic: All the Little Things (how plants and invertebrates play critical roles in ecosystems). Annual Conference of The Prairie Enthusiasts. Conference website here.
February 26 (afternoon). Topic: Photography workshop. Annual Conference of The Prairie Enthusiasts. Conference website here.
March 4. Topic: Managing for Diverse Prairie Habitats with Fire and Grazing. Best Practices for Pollinators Annual Summit. See the summit’s website here.
Today’s photos were all taken in late December and early January. I just haven’t had a chance to post them since then. Most of January has been a pretty dry month for photography – both from a weather standpoint and in terms of my own inspiration and energy. I’m hoping to boost my motivation a little this coming week, and a forecast that includes snow might help with that. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Given what’s happening in the country right now, this doesn’t seem like the right time for my previously-planned post on the importance of drawing people into conservation. There will be time for that after we get through this week and its various issues. Instead, I thought I’d present an activity that might help distract you from some of those issues, including the 762,000 pounds of Hot Pockets recalled because of potential glass and plastic contamination. We’ll get through this together.
I have spent multiple hours honing my paper crafting skills, and have gradually developed a style I call ‘dad origami’. I want to be clear that my origami style is based only very loosely on the ancient art of Origami, which I believe was developed by Fernando Origami sometime in the 1840’s. If anyone from the Origami family is reading this, I have nothing but respect for your family’s art. This is not that.
Anyway. If you’re looking for something to keep your mind off of scandals, including what was on Amanda’s desk on Law and Order: SVU, here are some simple – and hopefully, entertaining – directions describing how to make your own prairie creation out of paper. Enjoy.
And that, folks, is how you make a large milkweed bug out of paper. You’re welcome, and enjoy your week.
Here’s the same set of instructions in video format, in case you like that easier: