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An updated state-by-state look at the Who Pooped series


A few years ago, I got to wondering how many different states were covered by my Who Pooped? series, and it led to a blog post that is now obsolete, as the series has grown since then. This post updates and replaces that one.

In the beginning, each book in the series was for a specific national park, and most of those national parks were tucked securely in a single state (Yellowstone does span three states, however). As the series progressed, the books covered more ecosystems than specific parks, and sometimes those covered multiple states. That got me thinking: what states does this series cover?

Who Pooped Map 2015

So far, the series covers 19 states in 20 books — some books cover multiple states and some states have multiple books. The number of national parks, national conservation areas, national monuments, national recreation areas, and national forests is significantly larger than that. I haven’t compiled that list lately. A project for another day!

Arizona

California

Colorado

Idaho

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Montana

New Mexico

Nevada

New York

Oregon

South Dakota

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Arizona’s “Turn Away the Gay” boycott – Not so fast, George


It’s been a while since I’ve written anything controversial or political here, so I guess it’s about time to address a topic I haven’t expounded upon yet: gay rights. Everyone’s probably aware by now that the legislature in the State of Arizona recently passed SB-1062, which allows business to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

George Takei, one of the most high-profile and vocal spokesmen for the LGBT community, wrote a scathing open letter to Arizona on his blog. In that blog post, Takei basically declared war on Arizona:

“The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.”

“So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.”

I absolutely understand his sentiment. The bill is, indeed, repugnant. It made me want to avoid doing book signings in Arizona. If such a hateful piece of legislation targeted me so directly, I’d be boiling mad, too. But is calling for a boycott really the right answer?

AZ Pizzeria Bites Back at Anti-Gay Law With Anti-Legislator Sign

Maybe Rocco’s Little Chicago has a better idea. Don’t hurt the businesses in Arizona — many of them don’t agree with the legislature. Target the legislators instead.
(Photo from eater.com – see full story there)

My wife and I own two small businesses in Montana, and our state’s legislature has done some pretty stupid things, too. I’d sure hate to have my business punished for some neanderthal piece of legislation our state passed. Obviously, there are some hateful and bigoted people in Arizona. There are also some really good people there, and they don’t deserve our retaliation.

Target the legislators who voted for this bill! Gather your Arizona comrades and start the recall petitions. Start letter-writing campaigns to their campaign donors. Bury Governor Brewer in letters and emails. Boycott businesses that supported the bill. Fight back with a carefully-targeted campaign, not a nuclear assault that hurts everyone in Arizona — including those who opposed the bill and Arizona’s LGBT residents, too!

So I’d like to say to George Takei that I applaud his sentiment, but his response could be just as dangerous and harmful to Arizona business owners as the anti-gay bill itself is to the LGBT community. In a shaky economy, the loss of a chunk of tourist income could be enough to bankrupt mom ‘n pop businesses — or even pop ‘n pop businesses.


UPDATE: Three of the Republican senators that voted for this bill have changed their minds and written a letter to the Governor asking her to veto it: Bob Worsley (Mesa), Steve Pierce (Prescott), and Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs (Phoenix).


ANOTHER UPDATE: Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the bill.

A new book, and a state-by-state look at the series


NOTE: The information in this post is obsolete, but it’s all been brought up to date in a new post from 2017.

My 23rd book — 18th in the Who Pooped? series — is now officially out. In the beginning, each book in the series was for a specific national park, and most of those national parks were tucked securely in a single state (Yellowstone does span three states, however). As the series progressed, the books covered more ecosystems than specific parks, and sometimes those covered multiple states. That got me thinking: what states does this series cover?

Who Pooped Map 2013

So far, the series covers 18 states in 18 books — a coincidence, since some books cover multiple states and some states have multiple books. The number of national parks, national conservation areas, national monuments, national recreation areas, and national forests is significantly larger than that. I haven’t compiled that list lately. A project for another day!

Arizona

California

Colorado

Idaho

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Montana

New Mexico

Nevada

Oregon

South Dakota

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

So, given that my publisher is most interested in covering well-traveled areas, what do you think should come next? The next one is pretty well decided, although we’re not announcing it until a contract is signed. What should the 20th book be? I’d love to hear some feedback?

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