Category Archives: Biophilia

Wildlife conservation: a culture of denial?

Tweet Once again it’s that somber time of year when the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issues its “Red List” of threatened and endangered species.  The report has never been an occasion for celebration, and this year … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Alex the Parrot, 1976-2007

Tweet Sometimes a bump in the road knocks us out of the rut we often find ourselves in, and we get an unexpected glimpse of what a miracle the world really is. OK, I know this is corny.  But a bird by the … Continue reading

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Proud to be a science scout

Tweet It is with great pride that I announce my initiation into the Order Of The Science Scouts Of Exemplary Repute And Above Average Physique. It’s kinda like the Boy Scouts, except girsl are invited too.  There are lots of … Continue reading

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Ode to the endangered . . . house sparrow(?)

Tweet The BBC reports that a new list of British species in need of protection includes . . . house sparrows. The news comes from the UK’s new Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), the result of more than two years of research by … Continue reading

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Congress: Leave no child inside!

Tweet Most of us of a certain age have fond memories of coming home from school and spending hours playing outside, hunting for frogs or lightning bugs or whatever, holding down the secret fort in the bushes, inventing games out … Continue reading

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Richard Louv, Natural Patriot

Tweet During my idyllic vacation two weeks ago, I pulled out a book that had been sitting on my table for some time: Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.  Based on the somewhat off-puttingly pedantic subtitle (“Saving our Children … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Ladybird Johnson, Natural Patriot (1912-2007)

Tweet Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson, former First Lady of the United States and pionering conservationist, has passed on. But her multifaceted legacy of beautification and restoration of native American landscapes and cities will live on. Lady Bird, as she … Continue reading

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Biodiversity: the secret to inner peace?

Tweet [Cross-posted at the Earth Forum]  To many individuals, it seems intuitively obvious that communion with nature is beneficial to body and soul. Two decades ago E.O. Wilson memorably articulated this association as biophilia — humans’ “innate tendency to focus on … Continue reading

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Back to basics

Tweet The life of a marine biologist turns out to involve a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, writing and editing papers and proposals so other people can get out in the field (though I do get my … Continue reading

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Ocean Soul

Tweet [In recognition of World Ocean Day today, and the inaugural Carnival of the Blue: a journal entry from March 2004, Carrie Bow Cay, on the Belize Barrier Reef] Sitting in the soft sand behind the back reef, waiting for the … Continue reading

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