5 days of Ecological Services and One full head.
Submitted by Arlyn McCullock on Fri, 2017-06-09 00:00
While sitting and wondering what insight I could add to the blog, that hasn’t been mentioned by the highly imaginative and intelligent people I have met this week in MILES, I couldn’t think of one clear thought. What do I have to offer that may vary from the previous blog thoughts? Being around such a group of knowledgeable scientists could be intimidating.
This led me to thinking about the first day of MILES and the introduction of the concept of ecosystem services and which one of these services has the most personal value.
I recreate on the Portneuf, simply, because of how it makes me feel; it has high cultural value to me.
When I visit the Portneuf, I think of my ancestors and their dependence on the river for survival. I think of my grandparents meeting at a dance on its banks. I remember fishing in its clear waters as a child, and I remember first becoming aware of the cows on its banks and the changes they were causing.
I remember people telling me not to swim anywhere in it, and how I took this as a challenge.
I pick up garbage on the Portneuf without the need to tell people I do.
I drive to the Portneuf just to look and let the sounds and sights of its turbid waters clear my turbid head.
I eat the Currents that grow all around it. I put on a snorkel and enter another world of prehistoric looking sculpin, insect larvae, and crawfish.
I have a secret hot spring on its banks that I bathe in and afterwards use the sand from its bottom to remove the many little leeches that have attached to me.
If you are my friend, I take you to the Portneuf River.
The Portneuf River is part of me. I am part of it.
MILES has rekindled my already great love for this river. As an educator and person living in its flood plain, I hope to share this love with my students in an attempt to save the river and better the lives of the peoples and the variety of living things that inhabit with this area.