Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
It may not feel like it but rest assured, this is December. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

/chynna-lee stephens's picture
/chynna-lee stephens says:

What is a naturalist...why do people decide to become naturalists? (What is their common answer to this question) For people who are naturalists, how do they collect data? are there different fields that people like to pursue that are specific? What are those fileds if being a naturalist is a general (Broader) term. E.g. politics...specific field, president or congress or senate, etc. Tell me about naturalists!

posted on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 3:28pm
tcnaturalist's picture

A naturalist can be thought of as a scientist who specializes in natural history topics. In the past, many scientists were generalists whereas now people tend to specialize in study areas as our knowledge grows. In order to get a deep grasp of a topic area and do research, the disciplines have split so scientists can focus on one area deeply. Today, professional naturalists are rarer than in the past but often work in the educational field where they have to be generalists so they can share information about natural history with the public. There are many amateur naturalists as well who seek a deeper understanding of nature and study nature simply for the sake of gaining knowledge and learning. A degree or study in biology is important but naturalists also study ornithology, paleontology, herpetology, mammalogy, astronomy and more! A number of states now offer Master Naturalist classes similar to Master Gardner course. These are designed to educate amateurs on all aspects of natural history.

posted on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 10:46am

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