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Immersed in the Southern Alberta Grasslands with Gus Yaki

September 1, 2017

Wildlands Advocate article by Angela Waldie, PhD

For three glorious weeks this spring, my days were framed by movement and discovery. Rather than sitting at my desk, I spent my time walking across pastures, through nature reserves, along  gravel roads and hiking trails with a group of fellow wanderers. I had met most of my traveling companions only a few weeks earlier. Mostly amateur birders and botanists, we shared a desire to learn more about the species of southern Alberta. We also shared a deep respect for the knowledge
and dedication of our guide, Calgary-based naturalist Gus Yaki. PDF of article

We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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