Thirty Years

When we introduced theNatureJournal in 2004, we felt that we'd be in the situation of the man who invented the better mousetrap. But when naturalists didn't beat a path to our doors, the objection we heard was that "It sure looks like a lot of work."

To be sure, adequately describing natural history observations that may be useful in testing hypotheses in the future is a lot of work, and it's tricky, from our position of dedication to this all-day, every-day vocation, to know what to say to those who may, in a friend's words "not know that Plants are alive."

But if we don't make the effort, yet another indoors generation won't know where they live...

Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad - Bishops Mills Natural History Centre

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Thirty Years Later: teaching methods for naturalists' field notes, and for revisits, from coast to coast to coast.

Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad - Bishops Mills Natural History Centre thing to do is to invite groups to come to a site we're revisiting, explain what particular species or taxon we're looking for, search for that, and then fill in a habitat datasheet, leaving each individual to compose the one-line habitat-description "snapper" for themself.

We may have a small pilot project this fall with a local high school to develop a model for other school visits - and to see how it fits with school curriculum. We can give our usual Nature Journaling/skills workshops, and teach macro-invertebrate workshops (the ever-evolving manual is for Parks or naturalists' groups...

fws - very preliminary - 21 July 2009