Alison Gallensky is taking an 8-week sabbatical this summer, from June 15 to August 9. Back at work on Friday, August 10. While she is away she will be thinking about how to update the Southern Rockies Wildlands Conservation Vision based on the new science that has been developed in the last 15 years or so including wildlife connectivity and climate change. She will also be attending and presenting at two GIS conferences in California as part of a road trip exploring the western United States.
She is documenting her time away through a series of photos and observations for each business day. Here is her third week:
Day 11 Friday June 29
Visited with Jean Smith and learned about the history of the Southern Rockies Wildlands Network Design Vision (published 2003). She played an instrumental role in its creation and it sill guides conservation in our region today.
Day 12 Monday July 2
Aldo Leopold worked to protect a remote mountainous area in Southern New Mexico as Wilderness. In 1924 it became the world’s first area protected as Wilderness.
Day 13 Tuesday July 3
Travelling day so I decided to share some pictures of interesting plants found in and around the Gila National Forest. Lots of the plants have their flowers way up in the air. What’s up with that?
*Some thoughts from facebook: “Flowers move higher to get away from the hungry critters on the ground.” “Most of these are pollinated by moths.”
Wednesday July 4
Day 14 Thursday July 5
Crossed the desert and arrived in San Diego where I will be attending a big GIS conference next week. Also saw a lizard earlier this week find a smaller dead lizard and carry it off. Presumably to carry out the death rituals of the lizard people.