The notion that all life on earth, including us humans, share a common ancestor billions of years ago, is a wonderful thought. A salamander we spy on a damp trail following rain is a distant cousin of ours. Same for the birds in the trees and sky and all the creepy crawlies in the soil and under decomposing logs. The coyotes exploring our neighborhood, rarely seen, are also our relatives, as are the Douglas Fir trees in our local natural area. When you go out into nature with this sense of connectedness, it becomes all the more personal.
– Michael D. Barton in an interview for the Nature Kids Radio podcast (February 11, 2016)