- All writings and photographs on this site are, unless otherwise noted, © Michael D. Barton.
- Wednesday photo of the week: gorge view
- Upcoming nature events in Portland, including Earth Day at Kenton Park and Arbor Day Festival
- Monday thought of the week: to play safely outside
- Upcoming nature events in Portland
- Wednesday photo of the week: how high can he go?
- Monday thought of the week: many different things at once
- Wednesday photo of the week: what’s in the creek?
- Grand Opening of Outdoor Adventure at PCM on April 22
- Monday (um, Tuesday) thought of the week: close to home
- My two pieces in this month’s issue of Metro Parent
Category Archives: insects
A thought: Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. – Bradley Miller (source unknown)
We like bugs. Anyone who reads this blog would not be surprised by my stating that. We also love books. Again, nothing new. How about books about bugs? That’s a no brainer! Brian Johnson has written two very nice books … Continue reading
This week I am sharing two photos, because my kids had so much fun at Tualatin Hills Nature Park’s annual Bug Fest (thanks to my wife for taking them, as I was working the event).
FalconGuides has published a neat book for kids to learn about all those little critters they might come across when exploring outside. It is written and illustrated by John Himmelman, whose nature books we’ve enjoyed before (Mouse in a Meadow, … Continue reading
“Two entomologists take a green couch on an epic cross-country trip to film America’s awesome bugs.” What else would you need to draw you in? Perhaps this awesome video: Portland-based The Bug Chicks – we’re no strangers to their passion … Continue reading
A thought: Insects are great ambassadors to the outdoors for several reasons. Foremost is their accessibility. Remember, they’re everywhere. Most have forms that we find beautiful, or at the very least, curious. We learn that there are reasons for those … Continue reading
Searching for bugs at Camassia Natural Area in West Linn (south of Portland), Patrick caught and observed a damselfly in his net:
This is great beginner guide to identifying butterflies and some of the caterpillars to be found in Oregon: Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, by William Neill (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2007), 208 pp. Why do butterlies sometimes congregate … Continue reading