“At first I didn’t really care about the identity of the birds,” he wrote in his memoir, “The Home Place”.
Rachel Carson described in an essay that at the time of her outings with the future Dr. Temple, walks with her 4-year-old nephew during which she simply pointed out “this or that” to his attention. Her nephew quickly learned to recognize different plants and to name favorites. “I’m sure no amount of drill would have ingrained the names as firmly as walking through the forest on an expedition of exciting discoveries in the spirit of two friends,” she wrote.
For families who want to learn together, the child-friendly search app developed by iNaturalist uses image recognition to identify animal, plant and mushroom species based on smartphone photos.
Show children that they can find refuge outside.
Almost every budding conservationist has discovered that plants and animals can be a source of comfort in difficult times. Rosalie Edge, who fought to protect hawks and eagles in the 1920s and 1930s, began birdwatching solitude or peace for a soul plagued by pain in Central Park after their marriage collapsed in 1921. “
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, a poet, essayist, and author of World of Wonders, recalled growing up in Phoenix during the panic of the 1980s, feeling like the large saguaro cacti in her neighborhood were protective they and their friends watch over them. Well, according to Dr. Sampson, nature and its people can be a haven from the stress and isolation of the pandemic.
“I think every single one of us – adults, teenagers, children – has gone through trauma or suffering in the past year,” he said. “We all need rehab, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to just get outside.”
Enjoy other species in good company.
Conservation is about maintaining the relationships between species, between species and their habitats, between humans and other species. It is therefore appropriate that conservationists often learn to care for plants, animals and habitats in the company of friends and relatives. Emmanuel Frimpong, a professor at Virginia Tech studying the ecology and conservation of freshwater fish, attributed his love for streams to his childhood in Ghana, where he followed his father and uncles on long hikes to promising fishing spots.