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Chris Clarke
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Attended SUNY at Buffalo
Lives in Joshua Tree, CA
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A short documentary film on recreational gold prospecting in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument neglects to mention that mining has been illegal there for decades.
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The killing of Cecil the lion has outraged the public and not simply because he suffered needlessly for days. Why has he reached our hearts when so many other animals are hunted & poached? Why ...
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The tricolored blackbird used to be California's most common bird. Now, it's unusual to see one in many places where it was once prevalent. And the state of California just decided it doesn't need protection.
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In which a new, revolutionary possibility for humane protection of wildlife is tested, and the writer gets shot with a ray gun.
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“I said, Moon’s up.” Her voice filtered into the house from out back. A familiar tone. Pretending at impatience. “Sorry! Coming.” He closed the screen, flicked off the row of switches, briefly checked the level on the bank of batteries. Good. Enough…
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A Spanish startup says its new bladeless wind turbine design is quieter, cheaper, and more efficient than conventional wind turbines -- and safer for birds. But do the company's claims stand up to scrutiny?
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Water flat as glass. I dip the left blade of my paddle into it. It makes no sound. The right blade makes no sound. Then the left. The sun has not yet risen. Caspian terns regard us sidelong, dive with abandon. Cormorants stand on the low tide banks. They…
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The more you study the Delta's sleek, silvery steelhead, the less you realize you know.
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How long has it been since my life truly began, since I saw this stretch of road for the first time? I crane my neck for a better view down the canyon. 70 per and the slabs of concrete sing. The Yuba shines in the mid-afternoon, and I almost wake her by…
How long has it been since my life truly began, since I saw this stretch of road for the first time? I crane my neck for a better view down the canyon. 70 per and the slabs of concrete sing. The Yu...
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… for vectoring two pieces of folklore: “The species scientists know as Yucca brevifolia isn’t actually a tree; it’s a succulent. ” and “They were named for the biblical figure Joshua by members of a band of Mormons traveling through the Cajon Pass back…
... for vectoring two pieces of folklore: "The species scientists know as Yucca brevifolia isn't actually a tree; it's a succulent. " and "They were named for the biblical figure Joshua by members ...
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The Obama administration is suggesting a revamp of the Endangered Species Act, and that has some environmentalists seeing red.
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   I have made my share of mistakes in this life, errors manifold and sundry, and lately I think the worst one has been to expect unhappiness and strategize accordingly. I have assumed disappointment and planned only to maximize the value I could extract…
   I have made my share of mistakes in this life, errors manifold and sundry, and lately I think the worst one has been to expect unhappiness and strategize accordingly. I have assumed di...
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I have, perhaps stupidly, expected the exact opposite. Which, while it's resulted in some huge disappointments, has often, and repeatedly, reminded me of the beautiful surprises of this imperfect world. And if that means I'm not a realist, I'm fine with that.
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Work
Occupation
Writer/Editor
Employment
  • KCET
    Editor, 2014 - present
  • KCET
    Freelance writer, 2011 - 2014
  • Desert Biodiversity
    Director, 2011 - 2011
  • Desert Protective Council
    Writer/Editor/Webguy/Photographer, 2011
  • Earth Island Institute, Verde Media, Ecology Center
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Currently
Joshua Tree, CA
Previously
Palm Springs, CA - Buffalo, NY - Pinole, CA - Berkeley, CA - Oakland, CA - Nipton, CA - Arlington, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Richmond, CA - Penn Yan, NY - Ovid, NY
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Nature & environment writer, desert conservation advocate, occasionally notorious blogger.
Introduction
Passionate solitudinous desert lover. See Coyote Crossing at http://coyot.es/crossing for more.
Bragging rights
I was given a fancy certificate for perfect attendance in first grade. I have discovered an homeopathic cure for existential misery, but it requires a broad desert valley full of sun-warmed Artemisia tridentata. When James Watt was US Secretary of the Interior I persuaded him to use organic pest control methods in his garden. At age eight my parents handed me over to a band of Hungarian priests who ran a mysterious "school" where the pedagogy involved sitars, wine and lasers. I have smuggled Buddha statues across state lines to deliver them to fugitive members of the American Indian Movement. I firmly believe Thai sweet chili sauce is the only acceptable condiment for use on Tater Tots.
Education
  • SUNY at Buffalo
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