Botany

The Shoemaker Taxonomist

By Audrey Clark- Inside the eight-foot tall olive-green metal cabinet are stacks of black, sturdy shoeboxes. Inside these are small cardboard boxes decorated with Victorian-style script announcing that they contain the finest buttons and sewing needles. These little boxes hold hundreds of dried mushrooms with brittle, yellowed tags looped around them, labeled in the faded,… Continue reading The Shoemaker Taxonomist

Discoveries, Natural Destinations

The Charisma of the Drab

By Audrey Clark - Wandering down Boulevard Saint Germain near Notre Dame in Paris, I passed a store window filled with insect specimens on display. The stylish sign read Claude et Nature (Claude and Nature). I veered into the store, astonished that such a place exists. A small stuffed bison (small for a bison, that… Continue reading The Charisma of the Drab

Discoveries, Wildlife

Happy Maggot Land

By Audrey Clark - I came in to my cubicle at school last week to find a maggot squinching across my desk. After a moment of shock and disgust, I thought, “Ooh! What a nice present!” You know you’re a naturalist when finding a maggot among your things makes you happy. I’ve been collecting insects,… Continue reading Happy Maggot Land

Botany

The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World

By Audrey Clark When the Prescott College coastal ecology class for which I was a teaching assistant left the field station on the shores of Kino Bay in early January, the sun shone and the sea was calm.  We loaded the students into a couple fiberglass fishing boats and sped off toward the Midriff Islands.… Continue reading The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World