George Adamson, the African lion whisperer of Born Free fame, once said,
“I’ve not taken a morning paper for 40 years. The news I need is printed on the ground.”
Considering the increasing noise of our nation’s news sources these days, I can relate to Adamson’s approach.
Nature’s news is something I can relate to …
The notion takes me back to those faraway, yet ever-familiar, seasons I spent working in the backcountry, removed from the chatter and clatter of the civilized world. Out there, the direction of the wind constituted a weather forecast, foretelling fair weather or a take-shelter-now sort of storm. A scattering of tracks was my traffic report, telling me which direction—and how recently—a bear or cougar had passed. Ripening berries (and a working knowledge of their edibility) were more pertinent than politics from day to day.
Which brings me to a book you might like to add to your reading list:
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills by Tristan Gooley is a book that George Adamson might have recommended.
Gooley, who refers to himself as a “natural navigator,” has compiled more than 850 eye-opening outdoor tips that promise to tune you in to nature’s hidden logic. He shares techniques for forecasting and tracking, whether you’re lost in the wild or wandering through a city park. He says, “This is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!”
This guy knows his stuff. According to his book jacket bio, Gooley has led expeditions in five continents; climbed mountains in Europe, Africa, and Asia; sailed small boats across oceans; and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehandedly across the Atlantic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society.
Gooley can be found on his resource-packed website at NaturalNavigator.com.