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posted on November 6, 2016 | Science and Nature, Podcasts & Videos
Grizzly Lake story


Grizzly Lake, where I studied hummingbirds.
Frames of a video by Clancy Doheny.
Photo by Lee Gass.

and dancer Gail Lotenberg
worked with several behavioural
ecologists to create an evening-length
dance performance based on their work,
Experiments, which celebrated the essence
of scientific discovery. It was performed
November 25 – 27, 2010 at the
Scotiabank Dance Centre
in Vancouver.

Based on
conversations with
the scientists and many emails,
Gail interviewed each
of us on camera.

This yielded
scenarios and metaphors
for the choreography and a way
of thinking about the action.
Video of
the interviews was part of the background
of the performance and production engineers
did incredible things with the sound track.
Grizzly Lake Story is a clip from
Gail’s interview with me.


A Story for Twyla Bella
I told how this story, which is about
how hummingbirds get warm in the morning,
is connected to many others.
One example is
Kids, Hummingbirds, and the RCMP,
which is about my attempt to
engage the local constabu-
lary in an educational

For a 6 week
period, an entire elementary
school studied nothing but hummingbirds.
Anything related to hummingbirds, which is
almost everything,
including studies of flight speed.
Unfortunately for the children, the community,
the RCMP, and the future of education on
this continent,
the constable declined
my invitation to clock children
speeding on skateboards,
bicycles, and/or foot.

Edited January 2019

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