David Gilligan and Arctic Char“There is a reason it feels good to be out in the natural world, paying attention to plants and animals, getting to know their life histories and the greater ecological systems they (and we) are enmeshed in.  The practice of the naturalist: observation, description and interpretation of the natural world, is, essentially, the practice of being human.  Our ancestors engaged in this same practice a million years ago and over the course of millennia it shaped and defined who we are.  Every time we go out into the field and run our fingers over the surface of a leaf, catch the movement of an animal in our peripheral vision, note a change of light coming through the forest canopy or a shift in the feel of the air as the weather changes, we are living to our fullest potential.” 

 

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