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2019 in Review

It’s been over a year now since I’ve moved to the District and I can say that this has been another year of personal growth. This may have been the most pivotal year of my life in many respects.

Transitioning from having lived abroad, including silly things like getting used to three-ring instead of two-ring binders and not using the metric system, made my move to a new place this time last year even more jarring. I’ve been more or less okay with three-ring binders now.

I started a habit of daily journaling which has helped me put into context emotions and events that slowly blur together if you’re not conscientious of them.

I started new work at Defenders of Wildlife and I’ll see what the future holds here. Even though I want to make more impact in my job (who wouldn’t?), I feel confident that I’m finally on the right course after a long time in the career building wilderness.

 

Baby Yoda joining us backpacking in Shenandoah.

Haagen-Dazs ice cream cake is the best birthday cake.

The Irving Street Vets. Still need those, “I survived 1908 Irving St.” T-shirts

Me and the Gaudios at the Baltimore Light City.

Mt. Moosilauke

Credit: Albert Cramer

Franklin’s Bumble Bee

I wrote a piece with my co-author, Rich Hatfield of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, to support placing one of the rarest bumble bees in the world on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency in charge, is asking for comments from the public until October 15th. Rich and I have made it convenient at the bottom of the piece for you to voice your opinion on protecting a species that needs additional support for rediscovery and recovery.

                   One of the last Franklin’s bumble bees sighted. (Credit: USFS)

The Great New York State Fair

Cows resting at the Dairy Cattle Building

Foggy Bottom

On the side of his cart piled high was a sign that said, “This is America”.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

I did a write-up on the history and current conservation efforts of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle over on Defenders of Wildlife’s website. The Kemp’s ridley is one of the world’s most endangered turtles and is an example of the importance of intergovernmental cooperation on protecting habitat. Without the cooperation of the US and Mexican governments, the turtle may have never had the cross-border range to survive since it was first listed as endangered in the 1970s.

A female Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting on Padre Island. (Credit: NPS)

Fridays@Freer|Sackler

Running along the National Mall, I bumped into a performance by Coreyah, a Korean folk rock band.

“The six-member group uses Korean flutes, zithers, drums, and vocals, along with guitar and drums, to create a contemporary sound with influences from Korean classical music, Latin and African pop, Balkan gypsy songs, and American folk and rock.”

Hearing them in the distance I was hooked. If you’re interested in folk music definitely check them out.

Acadia National Park

The crescent moon during sunset. A Mark Rothko sky. Jordan Pond in the distance.

Great Falls

Albert and I made the trip out to Great Falls today. We ran the technical Billy Goat Trail and it was a necessary respite from the trials at work. The sunset alone was worth the hike up.

Once we got back to the ranger station we kept hearing animal calls that sounded like ambient blood curdling screaming, a normal night in Great Falls.