You can probably tell by glancing down the list of my past blogs that I'm not a very prolific blogger. But we at SEA-Media have some news that I want to share. This news also appeared in our recent newsletters. If you're not on our newsletter list, let us know using the "Contact Us" menu.
This year we are beginning to appreciate just how interconnected our waters are with the watersheds, and with everything in the watersheds.
We originally started SEA-Media because marine related media got so little exposure, even though the vast majority of our planet is ocean. Now it's clear that the interconnections between parts of our ecosystems are also marginalized in favor of more popular topics such as species identification and charismatic megafauna. So we've decided to expand the scope of the media we will feature on this web site to include watershed elements when there is clear link to what's downhill from them, our water. The latest post "Expanding Horizons" is an example.
We will also be addressing this new focus on interconnectivity with an interactive, electronic book. Each chapter of the book will feature a local place that anyone can visit. In-depth media essays in each chapter will tell stories behind what you can see in these places, be it tree stumps, sand dollars, glacial erratics, trilliums, oysters, bear dens, anemones, pollution, or why the trees you're seeing are where they are.
While initially focusing on the Puget Sound region, with crowdfunding and crowdsourced content from people who value this idea, the book will become sustainable and grow wider in scope.
The intended audience is people planning an outing, people already familiar with an area who want to learn more, or people discovering some place for the first time. It will have content for beach explorers, forest hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, kayakers, and other kinds of outdoor explorers, highlighting ecosystem connections between various pieces of landscape that they observe.
There are two chapters already prototyped: the beach at Shine, WA, and the North Kitsap Heritage Park. Various other beaches, streams, and forests on Bainbridge Island, and in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties are already in the works.
This project will be a team effort as well as a vehicle for media from a wide variety of sources. If you are interested in participating, please let us know via the "Contact Us" menu.