It’s named Superior for a reason. The largest lake in the world, Lake Superior has a history as vast and deep as its seemingly endless waters. However not so very long ago, following unrestrained industrial pollution and natural resource exploitation, it was in a sorry state indeed. However unlike other similarly afflicted bodies of water around the globe, Lake Superior has, thanks to the diligent efforts of a large number of people and organizations dedicated to restoring its health, made a comeback.
Even though I’ve lived in the small Oregon town of Scappoose for more than two decades now, I still find myself disoriented. It’s the river. Flowing past the town, the Columbia flows south to north. In Astoria, where I was raised, it flowed – and still continues to flow – east to west. Rivers are like that; they have effects on a person.
Where would you look if I asked you to find three living creatures that are known by the common names of Spectaclecase, Pigtoe, and Elephant Ear? To be honest, prior to giving Abbie Gascho Landis’ new book “Immersion; The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels” a quick perusal, I myself wouldn’t have had a clue.
For admirers of Water Voles as well as anyone else who might not yet have had the pleasure of discovering them – Veterbrate Publishing has just released Christine Gregory’s “The Water Vole; The Story of One of Britain’s Most Endangered Mammals.” Given Ms. Gregory’s history as an accomplished writer on natural history subjects and the book’s forward by Chris Packham, The Water Vole is a book that should find a wide and appreciative audience indeed.