Fragile Inheritance
Natural History

[Ramshead Orchid]


To promote

understanding of

and care for

the natural diversity

of life on earth,

through art,



of data

and specimens,


teaching, and

collaboration with

individuals and


with like goals.

Fragile Interitance
c/o Bishops Mills Natural History Centre
30 Main St., Bishops Mills
Oxford Station, Ont. K0G 1T0


Frederick W. Schueler

Aleta Karstad



is the non-profit part of our work, named after the manuscript of the book "Fragile Interitance, a painter's ecology of glaciated North America", in preparation by Frederick W. Schueler and Aleta Karstad.


  • preparing for publication the book Fragile Inheritance, a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

  • publishing natural history documents in various media (books, magazines, booklets, CD's, internet, etc. not for profit.

  • selling said documents with proceeds to support further natural history publication and research

  • visiting places, especially in Canada and northern USA (areas of North America, for previously covered by glaciers in the last ice age) for the purposes of documenting changes in populations and ecology of native and introduced species, as in the Thirty Years Later Project

  • identifying a holistic range of species, including crayfish, frogs, clams, native & invasive plants, etc. and studying their distributions and natural history

  • recording descriptions of habitats and species for the purposes of analysis and long term storage and access in database form, to provide current information with which to inform people about what is happening iln their local natural communities, introducing people to little-known species, and those with no official designation as rare or endangered status

  • collecting museum specimens judiciously with consideration for the vulnerability of species and populations, and with consideration of the value of specimens to conventional, contemporary, and forseeable research - collections biased toward species and areas of interest to other researchers

  • inspiring, informing, and guiding groups of individuals in the founding of new regional natural history museums with a special interest in local natural history research, habitat and species conservation and education, and the care and use of natural history collections

  • carry out seasonally appropriate workshops and field trips as per monthly schedule

  • care for orphaned natural history collections, ilncluding providing or finding suitable accommodations, begining with the fluid preserved specimens from Carleton University, Ottawa

  • training people how to care for, study, and teach with natural history collections

  • collaborating with and exchanging data with species atlasses, monitoring programmes, and specialists in all taxa, regarding population health, species range and abundance, the health and diversity of natural habitats, and special taxonomic studies

  • publicizing the availability of research projects suitable for post graduate theses for which we have long term data, to attract students to work on the problems

  • supervising students in their research projects and in getting their work published, and providing them with an institutional address and assistance with funding

  • applying for grants and requesting donations from government agencies, foundations, and private individuals, to raise funds for the above activities


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