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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

Contact us by phone at (613)258-3107
or e-mail bckcdb@istar.ca

Aspects of the 30-years-later project:

origins of 30-Years-Later
historic field work
journal formats

this month 30 years ago
30-Years-Later publications

planned route for 2010
projects for 2010
field methods for 2010
planned events
suggest a revisit
sponsors of the 30 Years project

30 Years Later home page

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

School groups, naturalist groups, and the public will be invited to come to some of the sites we revisit to learn about the project, participate in the search for particular species, and experience the process of natural history data gathering in the field. Each person will be given a habitat datasheet to fill in onsite as we discuss the elements of the habitat, and each participant will be challenged to compose the one-line habitat-description "snapper" at the end.

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 http://pinicola.ca/invert_Tay.pdf) for Parks or naturalists' groups...

Keep an eye on this page as plans develop - Aleta 27 July 2009