Erin Halcomb is the program manager of the Taft-Nicholson Center, which works to bridge the arts and humanities with the sciences at University of Utah. She has worked in fire suppression, forest restoration, and wildlife biology. But her simultaneous passion for writing, as a unique method for sharing the beauty and value of nature, brought her to the University of Utah. She recently graduated from the Environmental Humanities master’s program. In the Centennial Valley, she shares her delight for birds and her desire to protect wide-open spaces.