TOO MUCH ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, TOO LITTLE REAL DARKNESS--A MODERN PROBLEM
From 7 PM until 9 PM
UNITED WAY CONFERENCE ROOM, GATEWAY COMMUNITY CENTER
US HIGHWAY 2 WEST, KALISPELL
Less than 150 years after Edison’s first light bulb patent, we are losing our dark skies at night all across the globe. Without realizing it, we have traded the Milky Way for an alien orange glow that smothers the stars. Plants and animals evolved with darkness for millennia. This relatively sudden shift to brighter nights is causing human health problems and ecological havoc for many of the plants and animals with which we share this little planet.
Too much artificial light, too little real darkness—it’s a modern problem that’s easy to fix. Mostly what’s missing is awareness. John Ashley’s program on Monday, November 9 will visually describe these issues while time-travelling through Montana history.
John Ashley is a Montana photographer, author, biologist and educator. In 1977, John’s grandmother gave him $200 to start his college fund. Instead, John used the money to buy his first 35mm camera. Then he used the camera to put himself through college. He earned a biology degree from the University of Montana and became an award-winning photo-journalist at newspapers in Florida and Montana. John also worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service to conserve California Condors, Bald Eagles, Common Loons and Harlequin Ducks.
Earlier this year, John published his new book, Glacier National Park After Dark, Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness. He lives at the end of the road near Kila, about an hour west of Glacier National Park.
Please join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 9. We will meet in the United Way Conference Room at the Gateway Community Center, off US Highway 2 West in Kalispell. To learn more about John Ashley’s photography, visit http://www.johnashleyfineart.com/. Read his Montana natural history blog at http://wildandfreemontana.blogspot.com/.
Lake McDonald Star Trails photo by John Ashley.