Hubbard Brook’s “Wind Words” at The National Weather Center Biennale

Xavier Cortada’s Wind Words Water (from a 2012 participatory art project honoring Hubbard Brook Science) has been accepted at The National Weather Center Biennale.  This is an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience.

For more on “Wind Words” go to:

Xavier’s piece and a discussion of  Wind Words and Hubbard Brook will be on exhibit at the  Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma from April 19 to June 14.  You can find out more at:


Xavier Cortada (with the participation of Lindsey E. Rustad, Ph.D., Team Leader and Forest Ecologist, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest), “WIND WORDS: WATER,” digital art, 2012


Ecological Reflections Art Exhibit at LTER “Mini-Symposium”

LTER Artwork: Fire moves through grasslands at NSF's Konza Prairie LTER Site in Kansas. Credit: Edward Sturr, Prairie Light Studio

LTER Artwork: Fire moves through grasslands at NSF’s Konza Prairie LTER Site in Kansas.
Credit: Edward Sturr, Prairie Light Studio

We are pleased to announce that art from Ecological Reflections will accompany the LTER mini-symposium. The “Ecological Reflections” art exhibit will be located in NSF’s third floor exhibition area. The exhibit opens at 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013, with a talk by Frederick Swanson of United States Forest Service: “Ecological Reflections: A Sense of Place in Changing Places.”

The exhibit focuses on the question of how we respond as change comes to places we know and love. The artisitc reflections featured in this exhibit–including fiber arts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, song, photography, short films and poetry–showcase art-science collaborations at 11 LTER sites in the continental US, Alaska, and French Polynesia. Work by 39 artists and writers reflects the diverse ecology and culture of the sites they represent

The exhibit will be on display at NSF from Feb. 28 through June 15, 2013. More information can be found in the exhibit brochure: Ecological Reflections Exhibit at NSF .


Lynn Cazabon was the 2012 Artist-in-Residence for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Her project, Uncultivated, is an ongoing public art project consisting of geo-referenced photographs, a website (, and commercial displays, representing wild plants within urban landscapes. Commonly known as ‘weeds,’ the project draws attention to tiny pockets of wildness within the urban environment and challenges the common practice of privileging certain parts of nature at the expense of others. Uncultivated also reflects upon how urban landscapes are evolving due to the effects of global climate change. Each printed image in the project is displayed with a QR code, which when scanned with a mobile device connects to its corresponding webpage containing detailed information on all the plants found in the image, their location, and the date it was taken. The public displays are designed to deepen awareness of the immediate surroundings of the viewer by displaying a photograph taken in close proximity.







The “Poetic Inventory” continues at Rocky Mountain N.P.

In May we lauded the activities of Eric Magrane, of Spiral Orb, who organized the Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park to coincide with the 2011 BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival at Saguaro. Our post ended with a call to replicate the Poetic Inventory at the 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park.

We’re happy to hear that Charlie Malone and Wolverine Farm Publishing took up the call and conducted A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Ecological Reflections Activities at the upcoming LTER All Scientist Meeting 2012

We invite all and any participants in the upcoming LTER All Scientist Meeting to join us in a “Workshop on Engaging Arts and Humanities.”  We have workshop times set for 1:30-3:30pm and 4:00-6:00pm on Monday Sept. 10 in the Longs Peak Keyhole room.

The working group sessions will address:

  • What is the current situation of the Ecological Reflections network, including brief presentations from a sampling of programs?
  • How do we foster this work at our own sites and as a network?
  • How should we administrate ourselves (as a working group) in the coming few years (e.g., continue grassroots or get more organized)?
  • What are next important steps to take in this work both thematically (e.g., begin inter-site arts/humanities) and in terms of institutional arrangement (e.g., with NSF, NEA, private foundations, …)

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Ecological Reflections Activities at ESA 2012 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR

The 97th annual ESA conference took place in Portland, Oregon, from Aug. 5-Aug. 10, 2012.  Ecological Reflections choreographed a number of activities.

Art Exhibit

This display of visual arts (painting, sculpture, fiber, photography) and creative writing came from four Long-Term Ecological Research sites (Andrews Forest (OR), Bonanza Creek (AK), Harvard Forest (MA), North Temperate Lakes (WI)).  Over the four days of the exhibit more than 400 people visited the display and many of them triggered stimulating discussions on topics like “Hey, we’re doing something similar and want to connect.” Or “We want to do that – how do I get more information about this works.”  A museum curator asked for a proposal to display these work at the Burke Museum at University of Washington.  Overall, the reception was very enthusiastic.

Links to examples of this work can be found on the Harvard Forest, Andrews Forest, North Temperate Lakes, and Bonanza Creek pages.

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“Ecological Reflections” at The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

We are pleased to welcome the addition of The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill to the Ecological Reflections network. The facility and staff of the Desert Laboratory were key contributors to what is now considered the science of ecology, including participating in the creation of the Ecological Society of America in 1915 and the journal Ecology. The current staff now includes an (unpaid) “Research Associate” position filled by the artist and illustrator Paul Mirocha. Paul has developed a fascinating and dynamic website titled “Tumamoc Sketchbook,” which works to “promote non-destructive, mutually beneficial uses of this highly protected natural and historical site by developing and expressing an on-site sense of place.”

For more information, click on their “site profile” or go directly to their website.

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