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
By Katherine Hale - Ah, spring time. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming -- and this week, I found a tick biting my leg. The first tick of the year is a phenological milestone no less significant than the first ruby-throated hummingbird or the first daffodil, but much less enjoyable for the observer.… Continue reading Tick Tock
By Katherine Hale - It's hard to find someone with a kind words for weeds. Home owners pay big bucks to spray the dandelions out of their lawns. Farmers uproot them without mercy. And even in a crowd of people who care passionately about the minutiae of plants, you won't find many fans. For better… Continue reading Weeding Out
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)
By Katherine Hale - Iceberg lettuce no longer reigns supreme, but from a botanical perspective things still look pretty sparse at the salad bar when it comes to leafy greens. Despite the growing popularity of upstarts like kale and spinach, chances are that when you think about salad, you’re probably thinking about lettuce, full stop.… Continue reading Salad Days
By Bryan Pfeiffer - IN THE ANGLED DAYLIGHT of November, a moth crossed my path through barren woods. Yeah, a moth, in the cold – a lesson in adaptation, fertility, and feminine sacrifice going by the name Bruce Spanworm. As a caterpillar, Bruce Spanworm (Operophtera bruceata) is one of the inchworms, a member of the large moth… Continue reading Fertility and Flight in a Winter Moth