Byron Eggenschwiler and I have collaborated again on a story for Cottage Life magazine. This time, we explore what happens when a lake awakes in spring
After writing so much about the Arctic and paddling a few of its rivers, I am ready to realize a dream: “For just one time, I would take the Northwest Passage . . . ” I’ll be a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Explorer on a 25-day voyage from west to east through the famed passage.
My book, “Paddlenorth: A Journey into the Heart of the Tundra,” will be published by Greystone Books in the fall of this year. It is the story of my 54-day canoe trip on Nunavut’s Back River back in 2005.
In December 2013, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University chose “The Whale’s Choice” as a top pick of the year in their “Best of Narrative” list. Click through to learn about the list and the line-up.
“During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of survival.” This is the story of George Back’s first Christmas as commander of an Arctic expedition. Appointed by the British Admiralty, he was tasked with finding the Thlew-ee-choh, now called the Back River, and following it to the Arctic coast.
It’s official: I have crossed the border. This is my American debut. My audio documentary, The Whale’s Choice, has been picked up and featured by the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Click through to LISTEN and read my interview with Third Coast’s Artistic Director, Julie Shapiro.
The first lesson I learn from musicologist Tyler Kinnear is, “Once you start listening, it’s impossible to stop.” Tyler has a particular listening practice, and in this story, he shares it with me.
Summer this year is interviews, field recorders and a dim audio editing screen punctuated by mountain exploration and adventure. It’s a good mix. This week, we ventured to The Bugaboos, a group of granite spires which are a world-class climbing destination.
We are not world class climbers, but we had fun anyway.
Cougar Creek in Canmore looked wild and exciting on the evening of Wednesday, June 19. My partner Toby and I were staying with Toby’s brother whose house backs directly on to the creek, and we went for a stroll before bed. The fire department was starting to put up caution tape, and the bank was abuzz with walkers and joggers. Almost everyone wielded a camera.
By 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, the story had entirely changed. As the fire department pounded on doors up and down the street, we heard our names.
“Toby! Jenny! We’ve got to get out.” . . .
The Mississippi River Canoe Route is one of the oldest recreational canoe routes in Canada, but it doesn’t get very much use these days. In the last 20 years, it has fallen out of favour in the paddling community, though little along the river has changed. Mike O’Mally and Alex Broadbent are hoping to put this paddler’s paradise back on the map. Click through to the full post for an audio link to this story from CBC’s In Town and Out.
The listening room is fancy. We go there in our first week at The Banff Centre and sit in front of the super-tweety-bassy-worth-more-than-a-new-car speakers. If I’m going to learn to design sound, I must also learn to listen.
Read on . . .
The Banff Centre, Canada’s premiere destination for creative minds, is getting into the radio business. This year, the centre plans to launch three stations: renovations of the English and French Park Radio stations that have broadcast in various forms for years, and a new English music station.
I have the opportunity to spend the summer at the Centre to help get these stations off the ground.
This story is on newsstands this month and explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Want to know who uses caterpillar cocoons in their nests? Read on . . .
Now that the ground is thawing, gardeners are coming out in force. For those who have a green thumb but no land to use it in, how do you find a garden of your own? That was the focus of last week’s story for CBC Ottawa’s In Town and Out.
Host Giacomo Panico and I talk about community gardening and land sharing, and we touch on some of the community benefits of public gardens. Click through to the full post for an audio link.
When our cottage neighbours decide to build something new, we usually know about it, but we may not be aware of the avian real estate development that happens every spring. This story explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Want to know who uses caterpillar cocoons?