by Michelle Laurie
Photos by Colleen Mahoney
Many of us take a walk in the woods to get away from technology, to refresh our bodies, or maybe just to get a little exercise. Take a walk with Colleen Mahoney and you’ll discover a perspective on how we can be inspired to mimic nature’s perfect order.
As Gaudi built the Sagrada Familia inspired by a snail’s shell, Colleen showed the group how we can be inspired by the natural world to reclaim our environmental health.
‘We made over 100 observations and recorded between 25 and 30 species, using the smartphone app iNaturalist,” Colleen says. Anyone can use the app and make the data available so scientists can use it for long term study of plants and animals.
Colleen cites the redwood tree as one of the best examples of a Northern California ‘keystone’ species for the area. The tannins in the wood make redwood trees extremely bug resistant. Using redwood as part of a green home is one way that Colleen brings her passion for the rich diversity of the bay area into her work. The bark of the redwood is a natural fire repellant.
The group also looked at fungus and moss that work together to survive and co-exist
As part of the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network, Colleen plans further walks every two to three months. Watch this space for more details!
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