Why Wildlife Matters: Director's Blog

Natural Moments That Make A Difference

Jun. 30th, 2021

Executive Director’s Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #46 The life of a naturalist is filled with exploration, discovery, and wonder. The moments that leave a mark in one’s psyche tell stories that […]

The Human/Wildlife Connection

Jun. 7th, 2021

Executive Director’s Blog Entry #45 This past weekend I went with my wife to a family friends’ gathering. There were some 15 people there, including a couple of children. All […]

Our Humanized Wilderness

May. 6th, 2021

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #44 – Earth Day – April 22, 2021 When I became a practicing conservation biologist, I knew I was transforming my focus from the creatures I loved […]

The Guy Who Fell In Love With Midges

Mar. 31st, 2021 | 4 Comments

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #43 Well, it probably won’t get much weirder than this blog entry. However, in my defense, there are a few hundred people around the world (OK, maybe […]

War Chests, The Caterpillar’s Way

Feb. 17th, 2021

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #42 When I was growing up, my family would spend a couple of weeks of our summer vacation in a rental beach house on the Caribbean coast […]

The Game Of The Name

Feb. 4th, 2021

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #41 What do Beyonce, former President Barack Obama, the Grateful Dead, and Leonardo DaVinci have in common? They all have had species named after them. Taxonomists, scientists […]

Access To Nature For All

Jan. 27th, 2021 | 2 Comments

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #40 “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” Edward Abbey The gentleman stood quietly away from the crowd of kids playing in […]

The Evolving Naturalist

Jan. 21st, 2021

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #39 “A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and […]

The Vanishing Insects

Jan. 14th, 2021 | 2 Comments

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #38 In April 1996, entomologist David Wagner collected a medium-sized dragonfly male adult at La Selva Biological Station. He was researching the distribution of several species of […]

If You Love the Outdoors Become a Citizen Scientist

Jan. 6th, 2021

Sheltering-in-Place Blog Entry #37 The road to the newly erected small field station deep into the Children’s Eternal Rainforest Preserve, in central Costa Rica, was rough and muddy. It was […]