Welcome to Watershed Notes

Musings on nature, science, and literature.

Welcome to Watershed Notes

Notes from the ‘Shed

My garden/writing shed. The front window is now much bigger so I can watch the veggies grow!

A watershed is defined as “any surface area from which runoff resulting from rainfall is collected and drained through a single, common point. It may be only a few hectares that feed a small pond, or can be hundreds of hectares that feed large rivers.

On my blog, I explore the interconnectedness of watershed functions, including environmental processes such as water, wildfire, and snow; cultural issues such as local history; and the impacts of resource development (forestry, oil and gas).

I also like the idea of a watershed being a moment in time, when your perspective shifts significantly or a major life event occurs. These are the moments that change us and drive us to become different people, with new ideas and motivations. For example, one of my ‘watershed moments’ was leaving my job in academia. I had to rethink everything about my life which had until then centred around being a researcher and professor of watershed science.

Being a field scientist, over the years I have filled many a notebook with field notes. Although I have been forced into an early ‘retirement’, I am still thinking and writing about the environment, except that I now write out of a converted garden shed…hence my tagline notes from the ‘shed.

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