The always engaging Don Scallen will be our speaker for the upcoming November 15th meeting! He will present an illustrated nature talk. A well known local naturalist, Don is a regular contributor to In the Hills magazine, and author of Nature — Where We Live. An autographed copy of his book will be given away as a door prize on November 15th.
I personally admire Don Scallen for exemplifying the theme of one of my favourite poems, in this case the last stanza of Robert Frost’s Two Tramps in Mud Time. Don is one of those remarkable people who delve so deeply into the richnesses of the natural world, and then reaches out so broadly to infect the rest of us with his sense of understanding and awe and wonder. For me, he admirably combines his former vocation as a teacher with his deep love of nature.
“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.”
Two Tramps in Mud Time, Robert Frost
Swaying in the breeze: Smilax herbacea, Smooth Carrionflower, Orangeville gravel pits
Here are some internet natural history links that I found personally interesting during the last month. Some of these links were sent to me by other folks with similar interests. Most I found by browsing my collections of websites that I glance through daily, or from focused-interest emails that I subscribe to and come to me on a daily or weekly basis.
Here are links sent by Phil Bird (CVC Specialist, Watershed Monitoring) for reporting and for data access to local detailed natural history information: (These links are also in the middle of the earlier post about Phil’s talk)
How a quest for mathematical truth and complex models can lead to useless scientific predictions – new research. Author: Arnald Puy
- This link about complex models harkens back to my interest in theoretical ecology from my undergraduate years when I got to take graduate courses in plant ecology during my third and fourth years as an undergraduate. (There were five other botany students, and the others were all interested in plant physiology, so I asked to take graduate courses as undergraduate credits.)
By fact-checking Thoreau’s observations at Walden Pond, we showed how old diaries and specimens can inform modern research Author: Tara K. Miller
- I’m fascinated with iNaturalist (and eBird, and the various other observation collection projects). I often focus on phenology, reporting what’s flowering in certain places at certain times, e.g., along the train tracks through Orangeville as the seasons change.
Why the spongy moth outbreak has vanished in Québec: Author: Emma Despland
A Nature’s Viewer Code of Ethics: Do’s and Don’ts: Author: Noah Cole
Striking pictures reveal the microscopic world’s hidden wonders.
Rethinking children’s participation: the underappreciated role of adult catalysts – Cities4Children: Author: Anupama Nallari
- This is what I tried to do as an outdoor educator for almost all of my professional career.