What is a naturalist?
A naturalist is a person who has an intense curiosity about all things---plants, animals, stars, rocks, even scotch and cigars.  But this site will focus on the incredible diversity of fauna and flora found on this "pale blue dot called Earth".  DrTom

.....a true naturalist is "a man who is in love with the world".  Charles Kimberlin Brain

Stories of the Week
The olinguito from South America, the only mammal on the list.  Photographer unknown.

Two chimps in the Gangu forest observe the survey team.  Photo by Ephrem Mpaka.

What it is like to be a field biologist, and related articles
Mother of God: meet the 26 year old Indiana Jones of the Amazon, Paul Rosolie
(interview with self-taught conservationist who is trying to save the Amazon)

How did I become a field biologist?
(insights by Dr. Frank van Manen)

Observations of a budding biologist
(a blog by an entomology grad student)

Thoughtful Essays
Shop with DrTom's merchants.  Quality products at great prices!
A male Lesser Antillean Bullfinch at banana.  These are very tame birds, and they are found nearly everywhere in St. Lucia.

Gray Trembler from St. Lucia, Caribbean.  Look at those spooky eyes.

Seven day old Bobolink nestlings in a Petri dish waiting to have a blood sample taken and to be banded in upstate NY.

Black-capped Chickadee excavating a nest hole in a red maple.  Chickadees are considered "weak" excavators, but the wood chips were flying off this tree.

All photos on this website were taken by Tom or Robin Gavin, unless otherwise credited.

All ads on DrTom's Natural History have been deemed safe sites.  Each ad was selected and approved by DrTom, who earns a commission for any products purchased through those sites.

All New Patagonia

DrTom's Natural History

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."

Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist, 1968

To all students of the natural world:

My hope is that this site will be interesting and useful to aspiring field biologists of all kinds---students of all levels from primary school to university, home-schooled children, and members of the general public who desire to learn more about our natural world.


A female white-tailed deer grooming her newborn fawn.  I believe this fawn was only a few hours old.

Kentucky Warbler, taken in Costa Rica.  Photo by Viviana Ruiz.

To enter Amazon.com, click on the link below.  Once there, search for any item you want.  DrTom earns a commission for purchases you make there, but you pay exactly the same price for items regardless of how you get to Amazon.

Website Builder