This iSite took place on an ecology tour through Tarpon Bay on the Ding Darling Natural Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Island, FL. A biologist, Brianna Coffman who turns out to be a distant unknown cousin of my dad (it's a small, interconnected world), led our tour with incredible knowledge and insight about this coastal marsh ecosystem. In addition to the insights learned from the boat, our tour guide also gave us knowledge about how marine life interacts below the sea, interactions I've sketched below.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
As a part of my Biomimicry Professional program, we do numerous iSites. iSites are part of our practice of (re)connecting with natural environments and they involve going out and observing nature in order to deepen our understanding of her and through reflection and sketching, reconnect with life and strengthen our vision of a world empowered by nature's genius.
|Jacob chasing birds on Sanibel Island|
While on vacation in Florida, I did an iSite translating what I saw on the natural beaches of Sanibel into an engineering diagram of energy flows. I noticed that all normal energy flows are cyclical - each organism's waste creates an input of energy for another. The energy my son expended chasing shore birds is not accounted for on the diagram below, but I think it should be.
|Energy flows of a coastal ecosystem|
|Laughing gull on Sanibel Island|