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
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!