Integrating The Boundaries of Nature and Humanity
After many decades of separation, environmental and ecological sciences have formally undertaken an effort to reintegrate humans back into nature. Now, ecology and environmental sciences are thematically and functionally embedded in the social matrix, and the interrelationships and interdependence between humans and nature constitute the primary drivers of much ecological research. Integrating natural and human sciences derives from the recognition that many issues dominating society today (e.g. pollution, land-use practices, biodiversity, conservation and overpopulation) involve linking social and ecological approaches.
This series of tracks expands on previous work discussing themes of ecological integration within humanity and the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. This piece aims to draw attention to the push and pull cycle that draws humans into natural environments while unequivocally disrupting natural habitats.
The Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This biologically rich estuary provides habitats for migratory birds, plants, marine mammals and fish, and has been identified as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy.Unsustainable farming practices, development, and other environmental stressors threaten the slough’s health and native habitats. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Elkhorn Slough Foundation, along with their partners, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, work to conserve, protect, restore, and share this amazing and unique environment.
Through this field recording of the Elkhorn Slough, a viewer can sensorially be engulfed by this unique biodiversity hub that is surrounded by the suburbs of Santa Cruz.
Inside And Out