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Why be a naturalist?

naturalist -- a person who observes, studies and preserves nature.

I'm a naturalist because my values, my sense of beauty, and my sense of survival are deeply rooted in nature. Each person has personal reasons for their relationship with nature. Those reasons could be religious, scientific, aesthetic or health related. Those personal reasons lead us to take the actions we take.

Your values follow your JOY IN LIVING! My beliefs that we are an integral part of the balance of nature lead me to grow plants -- for their oxygen creation value indoors, their beauty, their food for wild life, and for the beauty of the flowers and foliage. I volunteer for community projects that protect and nurture the birds and animals and plants and ecosystems around me. Beliefs lead me to want to be close to nature on a daily basis. They led me to a love of birds. That's why I feed the birds. Their beauty and energy make me smile.

I love plants. And birds. And sunsets. And butterflies...and all the other inhabitants of my ecosystem.

The danger to our world is great. We have violence and greed and disrespect for the world around us. But we also have the ability to make things MUCH better. Take a look at how the Great Lakes were revitalized. And many rivers have been cleaned up. And we continually add wild spaces to conservation status. And recycling...what an impact we have each made to that conservation effort.

The first step is facing your own perceptions. But there is still great danger. The greatest danger I see is the destruction of habitat all around the globe. Because, as people such as Ted Turner have openly acknowledged in the media, "If there's no environment, there's no human race."

In a 1998 address to the Society of Environmental Journalists, Turner made the following comments that we might want to ponder...and take personal actions to explore and affect in our own communities.

Time-Warner Vice President and creator of CNN Ted Turner told an annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Chattanooga, Tennessee that global public attitudes and actions toward the environment must go through a "natural revolution" if we are to survive on earth.

"We need to change people's perceptions," Turner said, "If there's no environment, there's no human race." While we have the technology to save ourselves, he said, "we are in a state of global denial."

Turner challenged the Judeo-Christian view of a God separate from nature, the philosophy that man has "dominion over the earth" defined as the opposite of "stewardship,"

And the maxim: Be fruitful and multiply. "We've done that, all too well," Turner said, referring to overpopulation on a global scale.


  • What are your perceptions of global health?
  • And your own community?
  • And your own home?
  • And your personal behaviors...
  • And what is your impact on the natural resources of the environment?


    You can be an What is involved in stewardship? The recent success of paper and trash recycling has made many people more aware of their own involvement in the stewardship of the planet. It is a great start in saving the planetary environment. And much more needs to be done.

    If you have thoughts about how we can be better stewards of the living earth, please share them. Your ideas will be added to our list of "Stewardship Choices". And if you have stories to tell about the effectiveness of your everyday actions and special projects, please share them with us.

    For more articles about NATURE & KIDS

    Young Birders Get Serious About Birding Fun
    The Squirrel Family 0 Backyard Nature Safari
    Hamsters are rodents and cuddly pets
    Kids Learning Links
    Buddy's Diner (for the birds)
    Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists