Malkolm is cycling on! He is now cycling from Alaska to Washington DC, and then continuing on to the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun in December.
It all started with Bird Year, Malkolm and his parents' year-long, fossil-fuel-free journey in search of birds. Cycling a total of 13,133 miles (21,144 km), they identified 548 different bird species and raised more than $25,000 for bird conservation. Bird Year turned them into confirmed cyclists and taught them that climate change was more serious than they had thought.
In 2009, Malkolm biked from Whitehorse to Ottawa as a part of Pedal for the Planet: the project called for the Canadian Government to become a leader in the struggle to come to grips with climate change. The Harper Government did not even meet with the young cyclists.
Malkolm is now 18 and just finished high school. On August 24, he dipped his foot in the Pacific Ocean in Skagway, Alaska. Then headed up and over the White Pass to the Alaska Highway on his journey to Washington and on to Cancun.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Heatwave -Malkolm

We found our 120th species this morning, as we flew down a hill, Ken screamed "Whoa! Stop! What’s the bird chasing that Kestrel?"
I jammed on my brakes, too late to see the Kestrel, but its pursuer was still around- a gorgeous Western Kingbird. The bird alighted on a wire, giving us a good look at its bright yellow underparts and its shades of slate gray back. Ken's eyes have been as sharp as a Hawk today, spotting many exciting birds, including our year’s first Western Meadowlark.
We’re in the midst of a heat wave, with only the promise of a cool lake the only thing keeping us going during the ninety + kilometer days. Fortunately some thin cloud kept it cool for the first half of our cycle, but around noon the sun escaped, turning every hill into a gruelling experience. After an especially long climb we were shocked to see a “No Vacancy” sign outside the campground, but after some begging the management allowed us to pitch our tents on some open grass. After a swim and a cool drink we felt much better. We relaxed, watching Pacific-slope Flycatchers feed their nestlings.

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