What are your credentials and qualifications to answer questions about nature?
A Facebook Friend
Dear Facebook Friend,
I was born with a silver maple spoon in my mouth, burdock burrs in my hair and thorn bush scratches on my legs. As a life-long nature detective, I have followed my curiosity over many unexpected paths while I ferreted out the most intriguing details of a whodunit mystery in the drama of life.
In a heartbeat, I jump at the chance to learn more about every new flora and fauna I meet. I look at nature in awe of it all.
The microscope has opened up new worlds to explore, and every question answered uncovers another layer of questions to ponder. Following the stages of an insect in its life cycle has as many startling revelations as walking in the fresh tracks of bigfoot. A persistent and passionate sleuth into the secrets of natural history, I am always amazed about where the trail leads - where facts are stranger than fiction.
I have put my college biology major and scholarships to good use by spending many summers in boys and girls camps as a guide in the study of nature. For years I have used the lure of nature lore to captivate and inspire the imagination of children. No question about the natural world surprises me and I am not afraid to say, "I do not know." But I quickly add, "Let's together find the answer." Albert Einstein is noted for saying he never outgrew the childhood trait of being curious and asking questions.
I will always remember the moment during my tender years when a teacher explained that each kind of tree has its own unique shape of leaf. This ignited in me a flame of inquisitiveness that has never been extinguished.
I look forward to your questions.
Paul Basham, our local nature columnist, is taking your nature-related questions. Noticed some funny-looking plant life? Getting backyard visitors? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Nature 101" in the subject line. Photos welcome!