by Katherine Hale Memorizing scientific names is a rite of passage for naturalists, but some species come with a built-in cheat sheat. Take the Black-Tailed Godwit, a long-legged Eurasian shorebird, which goes by the lyrical Limosa limosa; the Suriname Flat Toad’s alter ego Pipa pipa; and the colorful Harlequin Duck, with the delightfully tongue-twisting Histrioncus… Continue reading Seeing Double
by Katherine Hale Every naturalist I know has some sort of variation on The Room. You all know what I am talking about, even if yours isn’t technically a room. Sometimes, it’s a bookshelf piled high with tattered field guides, a closet by the door stuffed with muddy gear, an old-school cabinet of curiosities tucked… Continue reading The Naturalist Room
by Katherine Hale Homewreckers have a way of dominating the headlines, so famous they don't need a last name. Perhaps you're familiar with Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Floyd, Irene, Joaquin, and Matthew - what I call the Hurricane Gang. And now the latest member, Harvey, has struck, drenching record rainfalls along the Texas coast. Even if… Continue reading A Storm With My Name On It
by Maria Dunlavey Field Naturalist Cohort AH 8/23/2017 1. I've been a naturalist my whole life. I've loved mountains my whole life. I've never before spent two hours sitting on a mountaintop with a dozen odd strangers, just watching the world together. 2. It takes an hour and a half for a partial eclipse to… Continue reading Notes from Totality, Blackrock Mountain, North Carolina
By Gabe Andrews - In the waning days of June, I packed up my Subaru with a foam mattress, sleeping bag, and an eight-month-old border collie named Doug. Among things that scattered my front seat included rations, running gear, and a pair of lightly used Columbia hiking boots. The plan? Pack in two nights camping… Continue reading Pack in the Crocs
Thanks to all who attended Friday's 21st Century Field Naturalist Symposium! Please see our Events page for details and videos from our Friday morning session. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Stay tuned for details about future events by the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Programs and our new Alumni Association!
May 5th – 6th 2017: The 21st Century Field Naturalist Symposium What skills do Field Naturalists and Ecological Planners need to solve the conservation challenges of today and of the future? What current issues in conservation are we uniquely positioned to address? Field Naturalists, Ecological Planners, and conservation professionals near and far are converging to connect,… Continue reading The 21st Century Field Naturalist Symposium ( May 5 – 6)