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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

If I were asked to illustrate a scene of utter serenity and peace, I would choose a picture of a mother grizzly wandering across flower-covered slopes with two small cubs gamboling at her heels. This is truly a part of the deep tranquility that is the wilderness hallmark.
- Andy Russell, 1975
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