Natural History

Week 2: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 3: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 4: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 6: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 7: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 8: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 9: Interlude - To Experience Nature
Week 10: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENT
Week 11: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENTS
Week 12: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENTS
Appendix #1 - Natural History Books
Appendix #2 - Index of Nature Poems
Appendix #3 - Selected Outlines of Living Things

Day 1: Natural History Today

What does it mean to be a naturalist, especially nowadays? A couple of active naturalists offer some ideas: 

Audio: “The Modern Naturalist (BBC Shared Planet)” (28:01)

 

Scientists are concerned that natural history is on the decline. Here are two professional scientific articles on the topic:

Reading: “What It Means to Be A Naturalist and the Future of Natural History at American Universities (Schmidly 2005)

Reading: “At a Crossroads – The Nature of Natural History in the Twenty-First Century (Barrows et al 2016)