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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist III: Insects

“Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine.” Edward O. Wilson When we consider biodiversity, no single taxonomic group that we can readily observe comes close to the insects. The estimates of the number of extant … Continue reading

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist II: Invertebrates Other than Insects

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau For as long as I can remember, insects, spiders and other arthropods have fascinated me. Some of my earliest memories include watching huge European fishing … Continue reading

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist I: Vertebrates

I am very fortunate to live in a semi-rural part of Nanaimo. From our living room, we look out at Richard Lake, a small, shallow lake surrounded by grass-covered land that gets flooded every winter. Extraction of peat appears to … Continue reading

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Harewood Plains – Nanaimo’s flowering jewel!

It has been a while since I wrote a blog. The splendour of Harewood Plains in bloom has provided the inspiration to get one done. I hope you enjoy it! In late April through May, Harewood Plains in Nanaimo puts … Continue reading

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Living in Paradise

It is human nature to take our environment for granted. Once in a while we get a reminder of how privileged we are living where we do, particularly if we enjoy being out in forest and field. That is certainly … Continue reading

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Looking back at 2017

On these first few days of 2018 I have been waking  up to a wintery scene at our home in south Nanaimo. The lake is almost completely frozen, and the nighttime temperature has come down to exactly what was needed … Continue reading

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Alexander von Humboldt: Naturalist Extraordinaire

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post. As a retiree, you’d think I would have lots of time, and I do. But I also have lots of activities, admittedly combined with a tendency to procrastinate more … Continue reading

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Against all odds II: Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

Some time ago I wrote a blog where I highlighted the incredible contributions to science of Mary Anning, the poor, uneducated daughter of a cabinet maker in Lyme Regis through her discoveries of important fossils on what is now called … Continue reading

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About me

I was born in Norrköping in southeastern Sweden, and it was there I developed my interest in nature. At age 11, my family moved to Piteå, a small town on the Gulf of Bothnia coast in northern Sweden known to … Continue reading

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