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
By Katherine Hale - Five years ago this week, I asked myself a question—What is going on in the natural world today?—and wrote down the answer in a hardbound journal specifically reserved for the project. That day, at least, I wrote mostly about the weather, feeling mildly foolish as I did so. I had no… Continue reading Happy Journal-versary
By Katherine Hale - Vultures are stereotyped as patient, but they do not appreciate interruptions during meals. The two black vultures on the sidewalk took off with disgruntled, clumsy flapping, temporarily abandoning their dining experience as I approached. They perched awkwardly in the trees and shifted their weight from foot to foot, ruffling and shaking… Continue reading Beauty from the Beast
By Katherine Hale - Forget peak oil. Right now, I’m more worried about peak acorn. There are five large white oaks outside my door and the acorns are falling with vigor. Every few minutes, they tumble to earth with a clatter—muffled if they hit the ground, with a thud or clang if they encounter patio… Continue reading Acorns Keep Falling On My Head