FALL 2014 – Salmon Film Festival goes virtual

In addition to coupling the festival with a heart-healthy 5K Salmon Walk/Run, this year we chose to feature an abbreviated set of picks (one dozen instead of our usual 30+), and to make all the films available online. See our 2014 program here.

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FALL 2014 – All Our Relations

My essay entitled “All Our Relations” is one of two non-fiction essays in the Bellevue Literary Review issue devoted to Our Fragile Environment. “In university I was taught to scientifically classify organisms within the Tree of Life, dividing them into Kingdom, Phyla, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. A series of evolutionary events leading to us, […]

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FALL 2014 – SJSU Students & Collaborative Group Projects

In our AMS/ENVS/HUM 159 Nature & World Cultures class, students complete a group project together with a Native Californian tribe, resulting in a micro-documentary, a published article, or a Wikipedia entry. You can view some of the micro-docs on my DrPfeiffer YouTube channel. We also just co-authored an article about this in the international journal […]

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SUMMER 2014 – Protecting the Clear Lake Hitch

On August 6th, 2014 the California Fish & Game Commission vote unanimously to designate the Clear Lake Hitch (Lavinia exilicauda chi), an endemic minnow of cultural and ecological significance, as a threatened species in California. Conservationists from the Center for Biological Diversity filed the initial petition. Volunteers with the Chi Council for the Clear Lake […]

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SUMMER 2014 – Digital Storytelling

After attending the Bread Loaf -Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference (Middlebury, VT), and then a “flipped classroom” workshop at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences (SUNY-Buffalo), I ended up at the Fishtrap Writer’s Conference at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. Where I finished this three-minute poem-film.

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SPRING 2014 – A taste of my upcoming book!

The first excerpt to be published from my forthcoming book, The Language of Endangered Hearts, appears in the inaugural issue of Between the Lines, the new literary journal from Holy Names University in Oakland. The story, “Yes,” recounts a consultancy visit to Sumba Island, eastern Indonesia, where I clashed horns with a shrill-voiced propinsi pipsqueak: […]

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FALL 2013 – The Damn Dam Tour

Before last week, the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and the hydroelectric dams that divert water, decimate native salmon populations, and threaten tribal culture, were blue lines on a map. Now, thanks to Dania Rose Colegrove, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and Klamath Riverkeepers, I’m joining the effort to bring the dams down. Stand with us. (And […]

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