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: Ranger

Words

One way to experience nature is to become fluent in its patterns and processes—to know where you are, where you are going, and what is going on around you. In this way, we can read nature and discover useful information. Here we’ll meet three sorts of people who cultivate this sort of experience of nature: animal trackers, wildlife managers, and ethnobotanists.

Video: “The Why and How of Natural Navigation (Tristan Gooley)” (16:51) 

Video: “Language of Nature – Doniga Markegard” (3:15; low res)

Video: “The Leader – Rangers on the Frontline documentary (Van Sanny)” (6:21)

Video: “What the People of the Amazon Know That You Don’t (Mark Plotkin)” (16:35)

Works

In all of your observation days this week, attempt to experience nature in distinctive ways. Be especially aware of your surroundings. For today’s observations, attempt to “read” nature, see what sorts of information you can get from natural signs and features. Do you see tracks, or other sign that animals have passed by or used an area? Does moss tend to grow only on one sides of trees? Do you see plants that your guides tell you are edible or have been used for medicine or crafts? Do you know what direction you are going, and what direction the prevailing winds are coming from?