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Fight On

June 1, 2017
Fight On

This is what the Electoral College gave us? A climate denying demagogue who just threw a middle finger to the rest of the world and future generations by pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

This is a sad and disturbing day for our planet, for our oceans, rivers and mountains. It’s a sad day for wildlife and all of humanity. And it’s an embarrassing and shameful day to be an American. This is diabolical on so many levels. One hundred and ninety five countries are working together to curb greenhouse gases but we’re going rogue with Syria and Nicaragua?

I know they are just pesky facts, but our planet has experienced 16 of its warmest years on record since 2000 and the last three years have been the hottest ever documented, and this lunatic, and his science denying republican cohorts are saying, “fuck it, we’re out.” This is out of control, it’s destructive, detrimental to our national security, weakens our standing as a thoughtful and progressive nation, defies stewardship and forward thinking. Flat earthers are leading our Country. These are scary times indeed. Let’s ignore science, forget about climate change, strip 21 national monuments of their status as protected landscapes, gut the Endangered Species Act, and disembowel the EPA. That’s the gameplan ya?

We must resist this crazy shit. Fight on guardians, fight on.

For a wild world, Michael W. Leach

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Science Matters

April 23, 2017
Science Matters

I’ve done a lot of Earth Day presentations over the years, but this represents one of my ALLTIME favorites, speaking at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing place brimming with brilliant men and women doing essential research and work that matters. It’s hard to fathom in 2017, that we need to march in order… Continue Reading

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Eddie Would Go

February 10, 2017
Eddie Would Go

Spinning at the gym late last week, it hit me. I needed to get away—get outside, in nature, and most importantly, in water. I swim.  I’m religious about it.  Ever since my wheels (legs) began to fail four winters ago, I’ve swum 4-7 days a week.  It’s what I’ve got, so it’s what I do. … Continue Reading

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Not Ready To Make Nice

November 14, 2016
Not Ready To Make Nice

Stop telling me not to be angry about the results of this election. Stop the kumbaya appeals for unity. I appreciate your open-mindedness, and pleas that we are all one—not Republicans, not Democrats, but Americans—but I’m afraid I need to call bullshit. I was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, a very Montana-like landscape and community.… Continue Reading

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An Insiders Take on Yellowstone National Park’s Failure to Close Its Waters

August 25, 2016
An Insiders Take on Yellowstone National Park’s Failure to Close Its Waters

Yellowstone National Park fails to respond to a crisis of unprecedented proportions occurring on its doorstep… I wept Saturday morning as I read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle article detailing the disaster that has recently struck the Yellowstone River, decimating its beloved Mountain Whitefish. A previously unidentified strain of parasite has proliferated throughout the river’s famed… Continue Reading

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Happy Earth Day From Yellowstone Country

April 22, 2016
Happy Earth Day From Yellowstone Country

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share a little excerpt from Grizzlies on My Mind and Be Audacious.  Though they are two vastly different books, they both tell the story of passion, commitment to a cause, the importance of uncovering purpose and meaning in our lives, all the while celebrating the power of… Continue Reading

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Swimming Into Positive Visualization

April 4, 2016
Swimming Into Positive Visualization

Every Sunday morning I head to the pool for a rendezvous with 2,000 meters of water. Like all of life, some days are easier than others. On brilliant bluebird days like yesterday in Bozeman, it’s hard to go inside to swim, but yesterday, like all days, I emerged better for it. Swimming is my anti-depressant.… Continue Reading

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Yellowstone Mana

February 18, 2016
Yellowstone Mana

Every day in Yellowstone provides richness for the discerning eye and open heart. This enigmatic layer of fog came and went before settling over the temple of the Lamar Valley late last week. It was another mana-filled day as I led a wildlife tour for four spirited Seattleites in Yellowstone. At one point, we sat… Continue Reading

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Liquid Gold

February 17, 2016
Liquid Gold

The Hawaii brain train left the station today. In reality, the power of adventure extends far beyond the experience itself. Saltwater, mountain air, pulsing river molecules, powder snow and grimy dirt, it all gets in our blood, becomes a part of who we are, and enhances our walk upon this big, rugged, watery and sacred… Continue Reading