“Art, Science, and Narrative”
featuring Cynthia Barnett, author of Rain
Jeff Davidson, Watershed Specialist, Flint Hills Watersheds, Kansas State University
Saturday, March 10
Lunch with Cynthia and Jeff, 12 pm | Reservations
Presentation and conversation at 1 pm
Refreshments | Free Admission
“How much rain did you get last night?” Rain is a universal topic of conversation. Rain feeds watersheds. Watersheds fill streams and then rivers, watering our crops and giving us fresh water to drink. Rain has had a profound effect on civilizations throughout history.
There is probably no one whose livelihood is affected more by rain than ranchers and farmers. And everyone else depends on rain for cool, clear drinking water (not to mention industry).
Here’s your chance to talk about a subject that is dear to all of us with Cynthia Barnett and Jeff Davidson.
(editor’s note: I highly recommend it)
Jeff Davidson is an experienced watershed specialist who provides research-based, practical solutions for the environmental stewardship of water resources throughout the Flint Hills. Jeff, a well-known cowboy poet and singer as well as a scientist, is bringing his guitar.
Join us for a fun and stimulating afternoon!
Cynthia Barnett’s most recent book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, is longlisted for the National Book Award, a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing, and named among the best nonfiction books of 2015 by NPR’s Science Friday, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, and others. She has written for National Geographic, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Salon, Politico, Discover, and many other publications. Her other books are Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. and Blue Revolution, which calls for a new water ethic for the nation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in environmental history and lives in Gainesville, Florida, where she teaches Environmental Journalism and other courses at the University of Florida.
RAIN, A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett
“A lovely, lyrical, deeply informative book.” – Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction”
Jeff Davidson has been with KCARE (KS Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment) since 2012, providing research based information and educational programming related to environmental stewardship of water resources throughout the Flint Hills region of Kansas. Educational efforts include promoting off-stream watering sites for cattle, improved rangeland management practices in regards to water quality, confined feeding animal management, cover crop management, soil infiltration improvement strategies, and riparian zone management practices. Additionally, he is the initial contact for landowners who own streambank sites along the Cottonwood River that are deemed highly erodible. These landowners are eligible for a high percent cost share for allowing streambank stabilization projects to be put in place. These projects not only preserve crop ground bordering the stream, but reduce the amount of sediment that will flow into John Redmond reservoir.
Jeff worked for K-State for many years previous to KCARE as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Greenwood County where much of his time was devoted to management of natural resources. He earned both a B.S. degree in Range-Forest Management from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Range Science, specializing in range animal nutrition.
The Volland Store and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University are pleased to present visiting author Cynthia Barnett in conjunction with the complementary exhibits of Lynn Benson:
“Water Stories by Lynn Benson,” February 13 – May 26, at the Beach Museum.
“River Compositions | Paintings by Lynn Benson” May 5 – July 15, 2018, at the Volland Store.
The Volland Store is located at 24098 Volland Road, eight miles southwest of Alma, Kansas, on Old K-10 Highway, then ¼ mile south on Volland Road. thevollandstore.com
Internet directions are unreliable for this location. Click here for a map