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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Tribute to Delinda

On the eve of Canadian Geographic's cover shot of Delinda, I have put together a new story in my Storybook Gallery about Delinda and the rest of the Bow Valley wolf pack, featuring a collection of some of my favourite wolf photographs from the past two years.

Delinda skirting the edge of a meadow

CBC has also posted an article online on CBC News about Delinda, the cover shot, and some of my comments about her death and what it means to me and to the Bow Valley.

The timing is interesting as we near some of the most important planning and management decisions in years concerning our first (and many would argue, most important) national park, Banff National Park. I encourage you to visit Parks Canada's website and voice your opinions about the draft management plan. The draft plan is woefully inadequate to support any sustained ecological integrity in the park, and suprisingly talks about increasing visitation in the park, which is NOT Parks Canada's mandate. Rather, they need to be concerned about making visiting the park a better experience for those that do come here, while at the same time putting far more effort into ensuring that our wolves and grizzlies do not continue to die on our roads and railways. This whole "if we pretend we're doing something about it then no one will question us" attitude needs to change immediately, the status quo is no longer acceptable.

Please consider writing a Letter to the Editor of either the Banff Crag & Canyon or the Rocky Mountain Outlook, as well as sending an email directly to Mike Murtha with Parks Canada.

John

5 comments:

  1. I came across your article on CBC this morning while enjoying a cup of Joe and found your site through a quick search. I wanted to comment on how magnificent your images are. It's very unfortunate about Delinda and I respect and appreciate what you're doing to bring awareness of the conservation of wildlife in the Rockies.

    Just like you, I had my first experience of the Rockies at a young age and living in Calgary has allowed me to visit them often, the breath taking scenes will never grow old.

    Congrats on your success :D

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  2. Hi, I was very touched by your story and your tribute to Delinda. My family and I really love the Rockies and respect nature. I'm glad that your photography brings awareness to nature, wildlife and the environment. My husband and I really like your wildlife shots. Pretty spectacular.

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  3. Mr. Marriott,
    I came across your site while looking to market my own wildlife and nature prints. You have some of the most beautiful photos I have seen to date-something I strive for with each shutter click! I have a long way to go, but I sure do enjoy your images of timeless beauty! You've made my evening and awakened my yearning to travel west!

    Thank you,
    Dan States

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  4. Hello john,

    Nice story, i love it. It encourages people. Thank you for that post.

    God Bless!

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  5. Thanks everyone, I appreciate all the heart-felt comments.

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