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Four Principles of Good Range Management
 
04:21
Healthy upland pastures and riparian areas are a foundation for any livestock operation. Sustainable riparian grazing relies upon implementing the 4 range management principles to build and maintain that foundation. This video describes these principles and makes the link between good range management and healthy pastures and riparian areas.
Views: 3319 Cows and Fish
"Dirt Rich Farm" Tyler Goertzen 2017
 
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This story give us a perspective into ranching and farming in Alberta as being something well rooted in tradition and history, but also of something new – a seedling of an idea that begins to form new roots in old soil. Tyler’s story tells of seeing change, and being that change from the perspective of a new farmer. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 26 Cows and Fish
And so it goes: Lloyd Price
 
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"What are you going to do about the beaver?" This question, although seemingly simple, encompasses the complex relationships between climate, water supply, creek management and livestock. Lloyd's relationship to the land has helped form his opinion, "I don't have to do anything, so long as I don't overdo it". It's wondrously simple, but complex all the same.
Views: 13 Cows and Fish
Call me Crazy:  Holly LaBrie
 
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Difficulty Ranch is a family-run cow-calf ranch located in Mountain View County. The La Brie’s have been growing as a family with Difficulty Ranch for over 5 years now. At the heart of the ranch and the family is Dogpound Creek, providing the LaBrie’s with a good place to enact their stewardship ethic. “I am raising my children to grow up like I did… riding horses, chasing cows, playing in the creek and eating dirt. I don’t think this is crazy. The crazy part is hoping that my children can grow up to be small cow-calf producers too and not succumb to the big production farms and urban sprawl. The crazy part is hoping that the way we raise our beef and take care of our land has value to you.”
Views: 50 Cows and Fish
The Big Hill:  Jeff Bectell
 
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Many people wonder why Jeff spends so much time at meetings in town. Stewardship meetings, landowner meetings, oil and gas meetings you name it. Jeff would rather stay home on the ranch that has been in his family for four generations now. Jeff tells the story of his relationship with the big hill where his great grandfather built a sheep shed once where he now takes his family to see the springs and wildflowers. There is a reason why Jeff goes to so many meetings.
Views: 42 Cows and Fish
Out of the Shadows: John Ross
 
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John Ross, with his family, ranches in the dry mixed grass prairie east of Milk River. John is of a multi-generational ranching family whose roots precede the formation of the province of Alberta. Ranching sustainably in the arid grasslands of Alberta is habit, a function of years of experience and of survival. It is also about stewardship of water and of riparian areas, valuable assets in a dry land. "I fully believe in the whole environment and grassroots approach. We continue to ranch the old fashioned way - grazing the native prairie grass, using horses and raising cattle basically the way my great grandfather did. "
Views: 260 Cows and Fish
Yellow Fish Road Program, Trout Unlimited: Lynn Robb
 
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"I'm connected to water. We all are. As is all life. It's a wonderful time to be working around water." In this story Lynn shares her commitment and her passion for leading Trout Unlimited Canada's Yellow Fish Road Program, a youth education program that began in 1991 to help prevent stormwater pollution. As Lynn explains, "..while it has changed over time, the need [for this program] has never been greater". For more information about the Yellow Fish Road Program visit http://www.yellowfishroad.org
Views: 28 Cows and Fish
How will you remember me?  Erin Butters
 
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Butters Ranching Ltd is a commercial cow-calf ranch located northwest of Cochrane, alongside the Rocky Mountains and astride Robinson Creek which flows through the ranch. The ranch philosophy is to manage the land for the legacy to their children and grandchildren and the responsibility to maintain healthy, productive lands for society over economic considerations. “I can't remember when I first felt connected to the land but I know that the close relationship we share with land, and water, cows and horses is something at the core of who I am. Caring for the land like my parents do translate into a fair bit of extra work, when more work was maybe not what we needed most.”
Views: 126 Cows and Fish
"The land will provide" Stephen Smith 2017
 
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Stephen Smith of Speedwell Farms with his story, “The land will Provide”. A fine closing to our evening, that will resonate with all who value the land that provides for us, both nutritionally, but ecologically as well. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 67 Cows and Fish
Landscape Plumbing:  Kristi Stebanuk
 
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Working for an organization like Cows and Fish can create difficulties with explaining what we do. But riparian areas, watersheds and riparian health can be understood if we simply start with some basic principles. In Kristi's story, the basics can be found in plumbing!
Views: 80 Cows and Fish
Down South:  Vance Barritt
 
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Vance and Brenda Barritt are working on a new venture, Earth Works Farm. And like any new venture, it comes with some big hopes and dreams, in this case centred around sustainability, the land and water, and community. "I can help - I want to preserve what is original and make better what is not; help trees and grasses of all sorts hold back the soil and wind, keeping the moisture from sinking through the sand; feeding the birds and the bees and the pigs and the chickens; feeding the cows and the geese and us."
Views: 56 Cows and Fish
"Lucky Cows" Adrienne Herron Red Deer 2017
 
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Adrienne’s first line in her story is “a creek runs through the land that I steward” and that alone resonates – she doesn’t say manage, she doesn’t say work, she says steward. An action rooted in awareness and ethic. Adrienne’s story, titled, “Lucky Cows”, is at it’s heart about stewardship and her connection to the land. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 45 Cows and Fish
The Choice:  LizBectell
 
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“I will never marry a farmer”. At least that is what Liz told herself before she met Jeff. Liz tells her story of how she has grown to love raising her family on the farm and made just enough adjustments to fit in perfectly. This is a funny story that warms your heart.
Views: 7 Cows and Fish
Loving Fish: Lorne Fitch
 
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Lorne loves fish. One day he took a walk unlike many others that started a journey of discovery. Before that walk he’d tried in vain to get people to love fish. This story is about changing our way of thinking from ‘fish-centric’ to thinking broadly about the watershed. This community-based watershed approach is the cornerstone to Cows and Fish.
Views: 43 Cows and Fish
By the Lake:  Susan Samson
 
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We moved here because we love the lake and being close to the water. But we didn't realize that our lifestyles would hurt the very thing we love". In this story, Susan shares her personal journey from doing "regular things unthinkingly" to wanting to make better choices for her lake, her family and her community. For more information about the Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society visit http://slwss.org/
Views: 9 Cows and Fish
Black Licorice: Kelly Hall
 
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Pay it forward, pass it on. Kelly and her family have been born into stewardship, maintaining healthy land to support healthy food. It's this harmony that sustains her family, as well as their ranching operation at Timber Ridge.
Views: 8 Cows and Fish
Passion for grass:  Anne Stevick
 
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Anne has a passion for grass. She also has a passion for ranching. Fate and a love of the land has helped direct her ranching life and unveil the secrets to sustainability and cattle production - it's in the grass.
Views: 31 Cows and Fish
Ribstone Revelations: Kelsey Spicer-Rawe
 
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A look back in time helps answer a question posed to me by my good friend and rancher, Don Ruzicka of Sunrise Farms. If a stewardship ethic exists in some of us, does it exist in all of us?
Views: 13 Cows and Fish
"Why do you keep doing this?  John Buckley
 
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The rangelands that support the sometimes risky business of ranching aren't just where the work of agriculture happens, they're also home to ranching families. John's ties to his home run deep, he being the third generation to make a living off their land. A suprising twist in this story tells of the choices, values and risks faced by us all that eventually lead us to our "home".
Views: 3 Cows and Fish
"Choosing what to believe" Gary Lewis 2017
 
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Gary Lewis at Clearwater County, ties in with the watershed perspective, with a beginning in his backyard, and a move to a view of a bigger backyard. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 6 Cows and Fish
"Advisory Panel" Ken Lewis 2017
 
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Ken’s story, titled “Advisory Panel” recognizes that sometimes the best advice is that we find closest to home. But the search for answers is part of the journey that frames us. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 9 Cows and Fish
Different Views: Nicole Bach
 
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Learning about working in a team environment we all take part in different aspects of our job, each being deservedly respected. This story portrays the personal differences in taking on a different role.
Views: 24 Cows and Fish
Little River:  Mike and Mark Walters
 
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Because Mike and Mark Walter care about their creek they decided to take action on improving their land and cattle management. Mike and Mark, father and son, are a good team and by using decades of cattle sense, common sense and farmer-rancher know-how they have greatly improved the health of their watershed. Using poetry and narrative Mike and Mark tell their story.
Views: 14 Cows and Fish
"Sigurdson since 1901" Tiffany Sigurdson 2017
 
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Tiffany’s story, is titled “Sigurdson since 1901”, and tells of her families long history with the land and a continued sense of forward thinking. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 28 Cows and Fish
I want to be your farmer: Don Ruzika
 
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Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre mixed-farm in the Killam area that is holistically and organically managed by Don & Marie Ruzicka. The Ruzicka’s believe if the land is managed well, it will reflect on the health of the plant communities, resulting in healthy, nutritious and great tasting meats. The Ruzicka’s feel that “stewardship,” when practiced in partnership with organic farming methods, goes a long way toward satisfying the concern for the environment. “With the knowledge, wisdom and patience of a number of people, I began the long journey back to restoring health to the land. With the same knowledge and wisdom, I believe the consumer is just as critical in sustaining the health of the land – and ultimately our rural communities.”
Views: 28 Cows and Fish
Memories:  Peggie Juchli
 
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Pigeon Lake, one of the most intensively used recreational lakes in Alberta, has been home to Peggy Juchli and her family for 5 generations. Like many Alberta lakes, Pigeon Lake is green much of the summer, or highly eutrophic in scientific terms. Peggy wonders if her children will see a 6th generation on the lake. Stewardship and community will play a large part in the future health of this popular lake.
Views: 13 Cows and Fish
A quiet dream:  Jan McGlone
 
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She was told farming was foolish, not for a woman, wouldn't pay….but Jan kept her dream of her family owning a farm one day. Now a landowner, rancher and land steward, Jan shares how farming is more than a just a job.
Views: 5 Cows and Fish
Putting down roots:  Tim Geise
 
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'Branches and Banks’, a community-based annual tree plant and waterway clean-up event in Cochrane has been ongoing since 1996. An Emerald Award recipient, this event brings community volunteers and families together in a unique way. In this story, Tim Giese shares his enthusiasm for urban riparian stewardship. Listen to find out why, ‘Branches and Banks’ is "so much more though than just going out and planting trees". For more information about Branches and Banks visit http://www.cochrane-environment.org/branches-and-banks
Views: 22 Cows and Fish
Swiss chard and shoes: Brenda Schoeder-Barritt
 
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Brenda Schroeder tells a story from the consumer perspective. Brenda is a bright and caring individual who is committed to positive change at the community level. Brenda’s focus has continuously been on supporting leadership to allow for stronger relationships between individuals, communities, organisations and the environment. “I used to be vegetarian but since moving home, the best meals I have had are beef roasts and pork loin. I have eaten them with an unrestrained appetite, with complete joy. The meal was an act of investment and not consumption. Why? Because I’ve met the people who grew the greens and have walked the farm where the pigs played. I trust the food, the farmers and I know that I am not taking from the environment and community, but supporting it".
Views: 5 Cows and Fish
The Ponderosa:  Gordon Park
 
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Born during the Great Depression, Gordon and his family, have witnessed many changes in agriculture since the 1930's. Learning every step of the way, Gordon knows the value of stewardship and that change if done right, can be good.
Views: 4 Cows and Fish
Hands and Heart:  Shana Barbour Welsh
 
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"One of the largest, most expansive urban parks in North America, [Fish Creek Provincial Park] is nestled like a safe haven amidst the bustling activity of the city". And yet, with over 3 million visitors each year, this sensitive area is in need of a healing hand. In her story, Shana shares her love of her park and the community stewardship groups and volunteers at its heart. For more information about the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society visit http://friendsoffishcreek.org/
Views: 37 Cows and Fish
Reliving my ten year old:  Toby Lawrence
 
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Toby's story touches on the complexities associated with living near a little prairie water jewel, called Pine Lake in central Alberta. Humorous and sharp-witted, this story gets right to the point - the environment and cumulative impacts - will our landscapes stand the test of time?
Views: 19 Cows and Fish
My Alberta Home:  Tim Clarke
 
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Landscapes are changing - a once hidden lake along the Klondike trail is now the cottagers dream in 'oil country'. This story explores the need for balance - development, livestock and recreation versus habitat, water quality and homes.
Views: 13 Cows and Fish
God's Country: Tony Bruder
 
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Twin Butte Simmentals is a family-run purebred cattle ranch situated in south west corner of Alberta approximately 15 minutes away Waterton Lakes National Park. The Bruders are very active in the Drywood-Yarrow Conservation Partnership a local stewardship group focusing on watershed management and educational activities. “What I’d like moving forward is for the consumer to be involved in the partnership on the land. This would mean the consumer being able to understand that for us to take good care of the animals, their food… I need to take good care of the land and all His creatures. Together the consumer and I would have an understanding – a commitment to seeing the bigger plan, being a partner with the land.”
Views: 25 Cows and Fish
Up the Creek:  Glenn Mainland
 
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Balancing the needs of livestock with protecting fish habitat can be tricky. Rancher, Glenn Mainland, shares his solution to maintaining this balance, and how the gift of stewardship can be passed from neighbor to neighbor.
Views: 12 Cows and Fish
The gift of the grass:  Sean McGrath
 
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Round Rock Ranching is a family-run cow-calf and yearling cattle ranch located in the Vermillion area. The McGrath family is dedicated to improving their local environment, to their benefit, the benefit of the community at large, and the benefit of future generations. The McGraths believe that they have a responsibility to engage the local and the global community and that they have a responsibility to work with the public to provide educational opportunities. “I don’t know when or even how the grass became a part of me. There was no specific day that it happened, cows and life and everything else seem to revolve around grass at our place. People don’t notice grass like they do a tree or a mountain, but it is a visceral part of me. Grass is part of my guts.”
Views: 15 Cows and Fish
"The Red Deer River" Jeff Hanger 2017
 
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Jeff Hanger at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, is a fitting beginning, telling the story of a river, from headwaters to confluence – just like a story, every river has a beginning and end. Stories. They inspire us, shape our lives, change our thinking, stretch our world view and stir our emotions. Some of the best stories are told by ordinary people sharing an experience. Red Deer County, Cows and Fish and Clearwater County along with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are co-hosting a storytelling event in Red Deer County on Monday, April 16 2018. These stories are not the kind read from a book. They are digital stories which combine the art of storytelling and digital media to share individual connections and reflections. In this case, the stories center around stewardship of land and water and are intended to educate and promote social change.
Views: 2 Cows and Fish
Solar Powered:  Lyle Voegtlin
 
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Gramineae Red Angus, located near Tofield, Alberta is a 4th generation ranching operation set amid copses of aspen, pothole sloughs and Amisk Creek, which flows through the heart of the ranch. But Gramineae Red Angus is also set atop a source of energy desired by industry. Lyle's humour and wit encourages some thoughtful contemplation of agriculture as a way of life, and the connection to land that often ties us to place. "It is true I don't have the power to keep a forced sale from changing my life, but I don't have to let the threat of it change how I care for the land."
Views: 11 Cows and Fish
Learning:  Michael Uchikura
 
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"Shut your mouth and open your eyes and ears". Growing up on a small farm in southern Alberta, this was often the first step that needed to be applied when learning about any new chore. My chores have changed from working in the sugar beet fields to interpreting landscapes but I have discovered that the basic principle still applies - closely observing and paying attention to what's around you leads to greater understanding. Mom was responsible for teaching me that one.
Views: 49 Cows and Fish
Tools: Michael Gerrand
 
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This story describes my personal journey from a tiny village in Nicaragua to present day rural Alberta. It is a journey towards building community trust and regaining control of the issues facing agricultural communities across Alberta. Cows and Fish works with communities by first building trust and ecological literacy along the path to landscape health. However, this pathway is not set in stone as we continue to benefit from the wisdom of people who understand the landscape better than anyone - landowners and producers.
Views: 19 Cows and Fish
How do I meet a farmer:  Jill Cairns
 
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Big or small, urban or rural, we are all part of a community. But is there a growing disconnect between urban and rural? Jill's story, along with her work in community development, past and present farm life and involvement in the local sustainable farming scene provide the right mix to address this question and the lack of understanding in our communities of agriculture. “After successfully developing a career in community development, it occurred to me, a better plan might be to move to a community and be a part of it.”
Views: 4 Cows and Fish
Just Walk: Leanne Elias
 
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Language, ecological literacy and understanding can challenge sustainability. Communities of people, those in agriculture, science and even art, can come together to build their understanding by the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. "There's no problem so big that a good walk won't help to fix".
Views: 10 Cows and Fish
Legacy: Bob Kidd
 
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Kidd Bros. ranch, originally homesteaded in 1913, and located near Mayerthorpe, Alberta is home to Bob Kidd and his family. Bob tells the story of ranching as a business of generations. How his family before him carved out a living, called agriculture, when stewardship was just common sense. The challenges of agriculture have changed over the years, but stewardship of the land has not. "My farming experience began with helping my father and two uncles. From them I learned a respect for the land and the value of working together. They opened my eyes to stewardship, they called it common sense."
Views: 52 Cows and Fish
Home Sweet Home: Wade Nelson
 
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Highwood Valley Ranch is a fourth generation family ranch situated alonside the Highwood River in Alberta raising Red and Black Angus cattle. Wade and Jaimie Nelson and family work together stewarding the land and water, and producing high quality beef, with a strong connection to both the health of their land and community. "We go back to the basics. Provide good, well raised cattle field to plate. Run less cattle. Sell directly to the consumer. Provide specific cuts of beef. Control the entire value chain, from the animal and the hoof to the steak in the frying pan. In a phrase, make more from less."
Views: 38 Cows and Fish
Whats in a Name:  Amanda Bogen Halawell
 
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Once you understand something you never look at it the same way. It's no different with plants. A botanist's interest in a plant goes beyond knowing its name to understanding the significance of why a particular plant occurs where it does and what that says about the history of landscape in which it is found.
Views: 51 Cows and Fish

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