Author Archives Bruce Byers

About Bruce Byers

Bruce Byers Bruce Byers Consulting provides technical assistance to government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector in the U.S. and over­seas. We carry out assessments, analyses, and applied research that provide the background information needed to design effective strategies and actions in complex ecological and social contexts.

A Decade of Monarchs and Milkweeds

September 2020. This September marked ten years since I left a job at a consulting firm where I had worked for about five years and restarted the independent consulting business I’d first started in 1994. I wrote about that in
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Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere

The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our
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The View From Cascade Head

Lessons from the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast To be released by Oregon State University Press in October 2020. Book Description from the OSU Press Catalogue Cascade Head, on the Oregon Coast between Lincoln City and Neskowin, has stunning ocean
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More Fun and Philosophy in the Andrews Experimental Forest

In my last story posted here, “Explorations in Oregon’s Andrews Experimental Forest,” I described some adventures during a two-week residency in October, 2019. My opportunity to be there was thanks to the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the
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Explorations in Oregon’s Andrews Experimental Forest

The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, located in the Willamette National Forest on the western slope of the Cascade Range, is one of 84 experimental forests in a network established by the U.S. Forest Service. It is one of the most
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Deep Ecology in the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve, Kentucky

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) held its annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, from August 11-16 this year. I depend on these annual events to catch up with the cutting edge of ecological research and thinking that is relevant to
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Report from a Season at Cascade Head

February 2019. My last posting, “Monarch Field of Dreams: Reprise,” came at the end of September. Now I should explain why it’s been so long since I’ve written anything here. I’ve just returned to my home base in a Washington
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Monarch Field of Dreams: Reprise

In the spring of 2010, I dug up a few milkweed plants along a bike path I often ran along and transplanted them to my garden. As I wrote then in a blog titled “Field of Dreams of Monarchs,” I
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Canoeing Louisiana’s Manchac Swamp with Ecological Aliens and the Voodoo Queen

My flight from Washington, DC, to New Orleans on the first Friday of August was delayed for seven hours by mechanical problems, so instead of getting to my hotel in time for happy hour in the French Quarter, I arrived
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Walking on the Trembling Prairie

As we stepped out into the open marsh after crossing over the tree-covered spoil bank along the canal by which we had reached this place on a large pontoon boat, the feel of the ground was immediately, noticeably different. We
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