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
A pair of Roosevelts' muntjacs in a reserve in Vietnam.  Photo by Xuan Lien Nature Reserve and CRES.

An Olive colobus (left) and a Lesser spot-nose monkey (right) for sale in the Daobly Market in West Africa.  Photo by Ryan Covey.

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)

to a young naturalist
(by Terry A. Wheeler)

Why we work
(a short video featuring scientists in the National Park Service who tell us why they love their work)
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.

A lion cub of the Marsh Pride in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Looking up at the canopy of DrTom's forest.

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

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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.


Bay-headed Tanager from Costa Rica, a fruit-eater.  Photo by Viviana Ruiz.

Blue-crowned Motmot from Costa Rica, which eats insects and lizards.  Photo by Viviana Ruiz.

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