Category Archives: Biophilia

The green green roofs of home

Tweet If you were an alien arriving on earth for a visit, what would you see?  If you came in over one of the mega-cities that increasingly cover the earth’s surface, roughly a third of your field of view would … Continue reading

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Friday poetry 2: The American bard

Tweet [Editor’s note: Walt Whitman — a cosmos, of Mannahatta the son —  was the first poet that got through to me.  Back in the day, when I was a young Philistine with no sense of art and the sophomoric sense … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Natural Patriot!

Tweet Dear friends, colleagues, family members, sparring partners, lost souls, and passers-by, I am proud to say that, as of this day, the Natural Patriot has survived its first perilous year in this world (I’m referring to the blog, not myself.  … Continue reading

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Friday poetry 1: Wang Wei and the Three Gorges

Tweet [Editor’s note: There appears to be a growing trend among bloggers featuring some theme on Fridays, which I find an attractive idea. Therefore, on Fridays, the Natural Patriot will be featuring . . . poetry.  Why? Because poetry gets … Continue reading

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When pigeons become endangered, something is surely amiss

Tweet What could be a more iconic zoological symbol of the transformation of the environment into a thoroughly human construct than the feral pigeon?  To a modern human cliff-dweller in the canyons of the world’s metropoli, this humble creature is … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 7

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the ships at sea: The Natural Patriot is honored to present the 7th monthly episode of the Carnival of the Blue, continuing a hallowed tradition initiated just six short moons ago … Continue reading

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A poisoned fruit from the tree of knowledge

Tweet Life sure seems hard these days.  Yes, I know, in the material sense it could hardly be better for Americans like me, and it’s obscene to complain when so many people worldwide are barely surviving.  The hardness comes instead … Continue reading

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Taxonomy gets sexy (?)

Tweet When I say the word “taxonomist”, what do you think of (if anything)?  Probably how many clicks it will take to get back to the celebrity candid photo site.  Many people think of an old codger in a frayed cardigan … Continue reading

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Back from the wilds

Tweet It’s been a quiet week here at the Natural Patriot. But I have a good excuse.  As occasionally happens — all too rarely — I managed to break the chains and achieve escape velocity from the office and computer and telephone to … Continue reading

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Sacred places and biodiversity conservation

Tweet Why should we care about biodiversity?   I frequently lecture on biodiversity science and trends, and some of the policy implications of declining biodiversity.  The main theme I develop comes from the major scientific effort in the last decade … Continue reading

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