Dr. Robin Kimmerer and Western New York Land Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Smith
Dr. Robin Kimmerer and Western New York Land Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Smith

GreenWatch: A Visit with Robin Wall Kimmerer

by / Dec. 13, 2015 10am EST

In early November, the Western New York Land Conservancy, with financial support from Niagara Frontier Botanical SocietyBuffalo Audubon Society, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York, and the Sisters of Saint Francis from Stella Niagara brought Dr. Robin Kimmerer to Buffalo. 

Please feel free to make any or all of these organizations an important stop on your gift giving journery during this holiday season. Memberships are inexpensive and provide a great deal of local value.

Dr. Kimmerer presented a talk, “The Honorable Harvest” at the Burchfield Art Center. That talk is similar to the presentation delivered in today’s video taken from the 2014 Dale Travis Lecture which was held at the Syracuse based SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry  (ESF). Dr. Kimmerer  is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at ESF, is a former chair of the Ecological Society of America, and the founding director of the ESF-based Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

If you missed the Buffalo talk, here is your chance to hear what Dr. Kimmerer  is about.


Robin Kimmerer is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledgeand The Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural Histor of Mosses. Both of these books make great holiday gifts!

She is also a frequent contributor to YES Magazine:

Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let’s Start by Ditching “It”  30 March 2015

The “Honorable Harvest”: Lessons From an Indigenous Tradition of Giving Thanks  26 November 2015


While visiting Buffalo Dr. Kimmerer also spoke with WGRZ’s Terry Belke for a 2 for the Outdoors profile “Learning to Connect.” Belke’s program aired on November 17, 2015.


Dr. Kimmerer Wikipedia


From the ESF Profile:

“Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. 

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