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Life is a highway...

Friday, June 23, 2006

I am back from Maine. I attended a workshop with scientists from Canada and the U.S. on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a return road trip on either end. I travelled with a sixty year old retired Welsh-Canadian insect scientist who uses bugs as indicators of climate change and a thirty year old fish habitat restorer, who likes shopping more than I do. Have you ever gone somewhere and had a hard time explaining the thing when you've returned. I am still processing this trippy trip. Want to hear more?...what would you like to know?

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Welcome home! I bet the boys were happy to see you.

    Let's start with everything, and go from there.

    The 'why' of things is usually the best thing to know. Most often, in discussing the 'why' you'll have to cover the 'who', 'how', 'what', 'where' and 'when' (but we know the last two already).

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Does the insect scientist eat bugs? Hs he ever been to Zoo, the Washington DC restaurant that only serves insect food?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hi Crag!
    Yes, they were happy to see me, and my older son was happy to see the things I brought him...

    Everything...hmm, are you sure you want to know? Really? I will write more, really I will.

    Well hello! I think he only studies insects; I doubt he eats them...

  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    Working with insects for all those years is bound to make you buggy, lol!

    Glad you made it back safe.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Welcome back! ..And thankyou for the huge hug..Back at ya

    Ok..so can u explain the Fish Habitat restorer?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Oh, the bug researcher was wonderful; funny and very interesting.

    When river temperatures increase, fish with little tolerance for higher temperatures start to die. Temperatures can increase for a number of reasons; global warming being one. There are natural ways to decrease river temperatures, including increasing the depth and adding shade by planting vegetation along the banks of the channel. This person specializes in such habitat restoration techniques. Thanks for asking!
    Hugs again!! {}

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Is he like an Insect Whisperer?

    Does he keep insects in boxes in his top pocket and confer with them about the weather?

    (Sounds like prime material for an illustrated book...that could also teach people about climate change...I may have to think this through in the light of day!)

  1. Blogger scrappy rose said:

    I'd like to know where in Maine you were and how far from Maine you live. I grew up in Houlton.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    What I want to know is: what can I do?

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    It sounds as though you had a great and interesting trip! I have heard about how listening to crickets can help determine what the temperature is outside ( or something to that effect! LOL). Nature is indeed very interesting! :)

    Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    Welcome home, sounds like you had an interesting time.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger x said:

    i want to know everything too. did you make new friends? did you like it there? did you have a nice time? did you meet people you wish you could see more often? did you learn things? and most of all why do you find it challenging to process this information?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    He is very much like an insect whisperer Auquatic insects are his specialty. Your drawings, and his story,....hmmmm.

    Scrappy Rose;
    The workshop was in Orono. Then we went to Freeport and Belfast...I live in Halifax.

    Do to the climatecrisis.com web site and there is lots and lots of advice. I will post on this topic soon, in more detail. Most important, I think, is keep talking about climate change; educate your friends and family. Pressure your government...act, in whatever way that you can.

    Nature holds the secrets. We need to be quiet, silent even and watch and listen and observe. I fear that there are not enough of us doing this.

    Interesting is certainly one way of putting it. I hope youa re well.

    I've e-mailed you, my friend. xo

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I like those crazy-quircky-scientist people :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I want to know what the conversation was like on your road trip with those two!

  1. Blogger missy said:

    Hi Cathy,

    Welcome back! Seemed like an interesting conference with interesting people! Tell us more!

    Of course you can use the picture in my blog. I took it at Leigh-on-Sea which is in Essex or Southend area.

    I'm totally behind blogs so I'm catching up today!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Devil Mood;
    Sometimes I think I am also one, but mostly I think I am a misfit; not fitting into any particular world or category.

    Well, if you really want to know the truth; they talked way too much about the fact that they both have irritable bowel syndrome. Seriously. You asked...

    Thank You!
    I have lots of photos of high tides in Nova Scotia, but none from this aprt of the world; it is a great image. I have not been keeping up lately either...

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