I just picked up this map at my favorite used bookstore yesterday. I love the way information is presented on this map. Regular maps have always been intimidating to me and really never excited me, but I have, in my adult years, fallen in love with bioregion maps. They are so much more alive to me and focus on the way I want to view my local region: alive and inter-connected.
I’ve been wanting a Cayuga Basin BioRegion Map since we moved here. It seemed like a great way to get to know our new home and encourage a relationship with the ecology and wildlife of our local eco-system. I came home yesterday, unrolled the map, and found a suggestion sheet rolled within. My favorite suggestion?
Hang the map where you can be comfortable and gaze. Over time, you will become subconsciously aware of the interconnections within the Cayuga BAsin and of the capacity of our watershed to sustain us with water, soil and air.
Another beauty of a suggestion:
Put your bioregion name on your address labels and checks.
123 Shagbark Hickory Lane
Ithaca, NY 14850
Coy Glen, Cayuga Basin Bioregion
How fabulous is that?! I am definitely going to do both. Another inspiring moment involving the map was Solshine’s reaction. I told the family I brought something home for all of us and immediately hung it on the wall explaining why I loved it so much. He pulled a chair right up to get a better view and exclaimed, “I can’t wait to learn about everything on this map!”
Authentic learning at it’s best.