David Quammen interview on NPR

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 10:16:21 04/19/16

Some of you are likely aware that David Quammen wrote ALL the text for the May issue of National Geographic. I had no clue, until my sister emailed me yesterday, tipping me off to a lengthy interview Terri Gross did with this esteemed writer.

For those unfamiliar with David's work, he has 15 or so books in print. I remember the days, back in the 1980s when he had a regular column in OUTSIDE magazine, titled "Natural Acts", where he educated readers on all sorts of exotic topics typically involving critters and occasionally, human interaction with them. Simply put, the guy is a GREAT writer.

He has been recognized formally in many ways over the years. I don't know if he is still affiliated with Montana State University, but when I lived in Bozeman, he was a professor emeritus. I had the privilege of hearing him speak in a number of venues over the years.

For those of you with intensive familiarity with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), its geography, management issues, and varying perspectives, you will see that much of what David speaks about mirrors the Greater Yellowstone Coalition's perspective. His comments on the gradual loss of wild lands and its impact on wildlife could have been authored by the Craighead Institute.

For those without the intensive familiarity, this is an opportunity to hear a powerful synopsis of many, but not all, GYE issues with a decidedly pro-preservation bent.

I am going to search for a copy of the May issue of National Geographic, if for no other issue than to see whose images made the cut.


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