A while back – quite a while ago, as a matter of fact, I wrote:
This blog is is something I had wanted to do for a while. Back then it seemed to me as well as some of my friends and colleagues, that when it comes to wild life issues, the perspective comes from either the ‘hook and bullet’ crowd, or the extreme environmentalist. That still holds true, although I think extreme environmentalism is getting stronger and more ‘mainstream’ every day.
I had hoped to straddle that divide, but don’t think I have, or can. Neither of the two extremes seem to make sense to me. Originally, I had hoped I would be posting ‘guest’ blogs from time to time, but that hasn’t happened, so I might as well just forget about it.
As for me, I’m still the same person I was, just a couple of years older . . .
I am retired from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, now called the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (I guess trees are not a natural resource). I’m a Biologist with an MSc, and was a Biologist for the Ministry. I worked on many projects including helping to write the guidelines used to maintain ecological integrity to forest ecosystems when areas are planned for harvest, renewal and maintenance. I was also integral to re-introducing elk back to Ontario.
In addition to my former ‘day job’, I’ve been writing on outdoor subject matter for magazines and newspapers for over 40 years. I’m a columnist for Ontario Out of Doors magazine.
Interestingly (at least to me) the magazine once asked me to blog, but then declined to go with it because some of my personal views don’t sit well with their owner and publisher. So be assured this blog is a true reflection of what I think, not what I’m paid to write. And I don’t get paid a cent for this blog.
If you have anything you’d like to see this blog address – given what little I’ve provided – let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.
By the way, unless it says otherwise, all the photos that appear on these posts were taken by me, unless they include me (I seldom do selfies). They are embedded with my copyright, so shouldn’t be copied and used without my permission. Although they are in low-res in the posts, most were taken as a NEF (RAW) image, so are available in high resolution in whatever format you might want (e.g., jpg, TIFF).
That was an update from my original ‘About’ page, which is gone as far as I know.
Time brings changes. I quit blogging for several months as a couple of big projects (getting a paper published about deer and moose in a scientific journal and writing up a forest management plan for our property) left my writer side completely exhausted. But I decided to try again, and maybe go off on other tangents, at least from time to time.
I don’t know what I’ll be writing about in the future, but if you have any suggestions, or questions, I’ll be more than happy to see what I can do in regard to a response. Hopefully, I’ll provide at least a bit of entertainment for some .