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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 simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
- Wallace Stegner
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