Category Archives: darwin

Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature

I did a guest post for the blog of the Foundation Beyond Belief, which I copy here: Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature This post is part of our Humanist Perspectives series. In this series, we invite guest contributors to explore active … Continue reading

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Sean Carroll lecture on Darwin, Wallace, and evolution, March 8 in Forest Grove

From the NCSE: Dear Oregon friends of NCSE, I thought that you would like to know that Sean Carroll will be speaking on “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species” at 7:00 p.m. on March … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: collectors

A thought: With respect to giving your children a taste for Natural History, I will venture one remark, viz that giving them specimens, in my opinion, would tend to destroy such taste. Youngsters must be themselves collectors to acquire a … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the views of others

A thought: By asking these questions [about an oak tree] we point ourselves toward observation and discovery. We actually know very little of the world, even of what surrounds us every day. It is worth taking the time to think … Continue reading

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Environmental education workshop at Tryon Creek State Park

On November 18 and 19 I attended the environmental education workshop I mentioned here, Connect2science: Through Nature, at Tryon Creek State Park. Put on by an educator from Tryon (in Portland) and another from Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (just … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: an entangled bank

A thought: It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that … Continue reading

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Two book talks from Powell’s Books that may be of interest…

Two book talks from Powell’s Books, Inc. that may be of interest to nature/biology-minded folk in Portland: Sunday, Nov 14th, 7:30pm (Powell’s City of Books in downtown): In The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World Through Evolutionary Eyes, biologist Christopher Wills … Continue reading

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Introductory post for Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas

Welcome to Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, a blog devoted to doing just that. My name is Michael, and my wife and I have a six-year-old son named Patrick and a baby daughter names Afton. We moved to Portland, Oregon from Bozeman, Montana … Continue reading

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