Death in Butte’s Berkeley Pit: What 342 Dead Snow Geese Tell us about the Nature of Humans
“Death in Butte’s Berkeley Pit: What 342 Dead Snow Geese Tell Us about the Nature of Humans.” This talk is based on LeCain’s investigation of the 1995 deaths of 342 snow geese that landed in Butte’s Berkeley Pit and the 1905 deaths of thousands of animals that grazed in contaminated pastures near Anaconda. He compares environmental disasters in Montana’s past with catastrophes elsewhere and pens “crackling good yarns” about his findings. The deaths, at first, seemed to symbolize what happens when nature and humans collide. But LeCain started thinking that humans might be completely natural, too. Perhaps humans are an expression of nature instead of its shaper. “We need to kind of get over ourselves,” LeCain said. “This planet may actually have it in for us.”
LeCain, Timothy, "Death in Butte’s Berkeley Pit: What 342 Dead Snow Geese Tell us about the Nature of Humans" (2015). Public Lecture Series. 60.