Pictured: Eddy Harris

Pictured: Eddy Harris

Outdoor author Eddy Harris was in town recently and we broke bread and discussed his upcoming work and documentary on paddling the Mississippi River. We have a mutual interest in encouraging more people of color to get into the outdoors and to enlist in the environmental movement. Harris wrote a great piece in Outside Magazine a few years ago about black people’s reservations about outdoor activities in America. I plan to draw from his work in a presentation I will give in March before the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association. This column on Harris has drawn a lot of feedback from Kirkwood, Mo. residents who remember his growing up in their town.
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Pictured: John Vogel. Photo provided by John Vogel.

Pictured: John Vogel. Photo provided by John Vogel.

Don Corrigan talks with John Vogel, the wildlife regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, in this edition of “Behind the Editors Curtain.” The conversation includes information about the St. Louis area’s many outdoor activities, organizations that help protect our outdoor environment, and the October 24, 2015, event, Explore the Outdoors: St. Louis.

To hear the podcast CLICK HERE.

In this edition of “Behind The Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan, the focus is on learning more about the program Bring Conservation Home. The program is offered by the St. Louis Audubon Society.

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The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics comes to America on Sept. 22 with a message: It’s time to confront global warming and climate change crisis – it’s time to act. Critics, both inside and outside the church, are dismissing the pope’s message and mandate on the need to be more responsible stewards of the Earth. “I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” said Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. That sentiment about the pope was echoed by Jeb Bush, who said he will get his science elsewhere. What do you think?


For more information on this topic, see Don Corrigan’s column in the Aug. 14 issue of the Webster-Kirkwood Times.   Please offer a Comment:

Americans seem to be more skeptical about climate change than other world citizens, according to a report covered in the New York Times. Only about 40 percent of Americans believed that climate change was a major threat compared to more than 50 percent of Canadians, Australians, French and Germans. The Japanese came in with the highest total of concerned citizens with more than 70 percent believing that climate change is an issue that must be addressed.


Squirrels are not just a nuisance, they can cause real problems with damage for homeowners,for car owners and for electric utilities. Squirrel populations have been increasing throughout the Midwest and the nation generally, because of the loss of natural predators and a decline in squirrel hunting.

If you have a squirrel tale to tell, could you please post in in the Comment section (below the poll that follows). And please do take our poll.

Sinkholes, large depressions in the earth, are opening up in the St. Louis area, throughout America and across the world. British Parliament members note that climate change is having a dramatic effect above and below the Earth’s surface and British geologists say more sinkholes are coming as a result of droughts and floods.

Amazing blow holes are opening up in Siberia an releasing methane, due to underground ice blocks melting away and forming cavities below Earth’s surface.

What do you think? Could there be a link between sinkholes and climate change?


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