Sunday, September 4, 2016

Introduction

Welcome to Natural History Journal, a personal nature journal made available to all.  You have found a place of shared adventures, discoveries, and neat facts pertaining to the natural world; a place where nature is viewed with wonderment and awe, delight, excitement and respect.  Topics that are of particular interest to me include: ecology, biology and geology; birding, botanizing and tide-pooling; hiking, camping and traveling.  And, perhaps most importantly, conservation and living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Eastern Sierra Nevada

The impetus behind this blogging project is to document my adventures as a naturalist and share with others about the natural world.  But my goal is to share with you more than just information: I want to share the awe and wonder I feel at the beauty and intricacy of the natural world, and impart in everyone a desire to protect and preserve this incredible planet we all get to share. 

Based in Central California, I am blessed to have access to a wide range of ecosystems, from glistening tide pools along the rocky coast, to mixed conifer forests and alpine fell fields in the Sierra, to captivating deserts of desolate beauty.  And yet so many people know comparatively little of the wonders the nature of California has to offer! 

I live in a highly agricultural region, surrounded by farms and ranches that have nearly erased all traces of California's former sprawling grasslands, wetlands and oak savannahs.  Many are little acquainted with the delicate, fleeting wildflowers of vernal pools, the iridescence of a Tree Swallow's wings, or the powerful emotions evoked by witnessing a flock of Snow Geese take flight.  I hope to change that.

Information presented on this blog has been obtained through my formal education, years of personal experience, and lots and lots of reading!  But I am not an expert, and I certainly don't have all the answers.; there is more to learn every day.  I apologize in advance if a fact is misrepresented and I gladly welcome correction.  This is, after all, intended to be a learning experience for everyone!  

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