Conservation Begins Here — at a Ford F350 XL Super Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine, manual transmission, and a patina of ﬁne Idaho dust coating everything inside and out.
Posts by Jerimiah Oetting
SCA Idaho Americorps
- Position Title
SCA Corps Member
- Field Site Name
SCA Idaho Americorps
St. Cloud, MN
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
- Dream Job
- If I could pass a law…
I probably wouldn’t — we have plenty of laws already, and many of them could use some work.
- The person who inspires me post is…
Marie Colvin. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/02/postscript-marie-…
- If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
Danny Devito. Just for a while.
- Most memorable outdoor moment
The ﬁrst time I climbed Mt. Siyeh, pictured below, was also my ﬁrst time in the mountains of Glacier Park, an experience that changed the course of my life forever. Glacier saved me from a bleak future of chair-sittin’ and screen-starin’.
- Favorite Song
Blue River – Rick Danko
See what happens
What forces, events, or inﬂuences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? I was born and raised in a midwestern urban wasteland that never felt right. My hometown is mostly parking lots and malls. The ﬁrst time I saw the Rockies in Glacier National Park changed my life. I am still astonished at how the natural world can ﬁll me with energy and optimism, can in a very real sense reverse the cynicism and bitterness that seem to perpetuate in dense urban areas. For the last four summers I have experienced this reversal. No amount of gadgetry, special effects or high deﬁnition can ever come close to the real sense of freedom I ﬁnd in nature. There are too many inﬂuences to list, but my parents were the ﬁrst to instill an ethic of conservation at a young age. My grandfather was a wildlife biologist, and though I never really knew him before his death, he undoubtedly made an impact on my father’s family. Jane Goodall was a major inspiration to my mother, who studied Zoology while raising my brother and I and working part-time. My father’s appreciation for nature and his ability to conceptualize it through his writing motivated me to combine my interests in natural science and creative non-ﬁction. I hope to use these abilities to urge others to care for and appreciate the planet.