We in the conservation field do a lot of hand-wringing over the growing disconnect between people and nature, and there's reason to be concerned.
America is changing: diversifying, urbanizing, gentrifying, globalizing. And its people are increasingly de-natured and disconnected from the outdoors.
So we worry about this disconnect and the challenges it presents.
But then something happens to remind us that while people are becoming physically disconnected with the outdoors, they are more and more fascinated with wild life.
Lori Iverson, in charge of Education and Visitor Services at Elk National Refuge in Wyoming, took a remarkable set of photos recently that showed a confrontation between juvenile mountain lions and coyotes.
Millions of people viewed these photos on Flickr, and thousands more commented on them and shared them on Facebook.