Not knowing my heritage, as most of my family died in pogroms and jewish ghettos, I often wondered about why my calling was to be a naturalist. Yet it was. "Coming out" as a naturalist wasn't easy. My father always wanted me to work for IBM. I became a naturalist and met Ray.
Naturalists follow in the footsteps of other naturalists. My hero is quoted below; though now I see every naturalist as heroic in their own way. Naturalists pick their specialty. Mine is growing native plants, though fire ecology is a hot item for me as well.
And Naturalists teach us about the underlying beauty of our world: its ecology and biodiversity. Every American's right is to have a beautiful America, never forget.
The lyrics "from sea to shining sea," aren't meant to be read as 'from oil rig to oil rig." President Trump's administration has proposed offshore oil drilling along the eastern seaboard, pictured on right. Florida has now been exempted, so far.
"Keep close to Nature's heart," wrote John Muir.