A key resource in bioregional thinking is the ‘Where You At? A Bioregional Quiz’, developed by Leonard Charles, Jim Dodge, Lynn Milliman, and Victoria Stockley, which was published in Coevolution Quarterly 32 (Winter 1981). Lightly edited – it posed the reader with these questions:
1. Trace the water you drink from precipitation to tap.
2. How many days til the moon is full?
3. What soil series are you standing on?
4. What was the total rainfall in your area last year (July-June)?
5. When was the last time a fire burned in your area?
6. What were the primary subsistence techniques of the culture that lived in your area before you?
7. Name 5 edible plants in your region and their season(s) of availability.
8. From what direction do winter storms generally come in your region?
9. Where does your garbage go?
10. How long is the growing season where you live?
11. On what day of the year are the shadows the shortest where you live?
12. When do the deer rut in your region, and when are the young born?
13. Name five grasses in your area. Are any of them native?
14. Name five resident and five migratory birds in your area.
15. What is the land use history of where you live?
16. What primary ecological event/process influenced the landform where you live? (Bonus special: what’s the evidence?)
17. What species have become extinct in your area?
18. What are the major plant associations in your region?
19. From where you’re reading this, point north.
20. What spring wildflower is consistently among the first to bloom where you live?
The tone is North American, and there are other variants of this question list that are worth looking at, but I’m going to use these questions as the stimulus for learning and sharing more about the Dengie bioregion.
How many can you answer about where you live?