There's a great piece of science writing in today's Globe and Mail that has been prompted by David Wilcove's new book "No Way Home" dealing with the impact of human activity on animal migration. In spite of the fact that a lot of my deep background is in animal behaviour, the impact of environmental change on migration patterns is a problem that has only slowly been creeping onto my radar. Wilcove's book has been sitting on my night table for a few weeks now, waiting its turn. It's now advanced in the queue.
What I've been writing about is really the influence of our psychology on how we structure our own spaces, and how we think about our connections with the broader spaces of the Earth. Wilcove describes the many ways in which the resultant environmental carnage has changed what space, place and home mean to animals ranging from the Monarch butterfly to the sooty shearwater. Our own inability to find and keep our homes seems also to be robbing our animal cousins of theirs. It's great to see that this book is getting some attention.