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Botanist Margaret Lowman urges children to muddy their boots

Tree queen: Meg Lowman is regarded as the mother of forest canopy research. Photo: Carlton Ward

Article from The Sydney Morning Herald:
Unlike other botanists who plant their feet in the dirt, Dr Margaret Lowman pursues high adventure. The so-called ‘‘mother of canopy research’’ has designed walkways and hot-air balloons for the purpose, becoming a legend in the process – another of her nicknames

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Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue

From Sciencedaily.com:
“Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions.”
Those are the conclusions of more than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers who signed a letter to

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Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

As a child, I loved the natural world. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in a small town in upstate New York where the distractions of big-city lights were absent. Maybe it was because nature had so many secrets and I was thrilled to be a detective, uncovering them one by one. My neighbor Betsy and I built a tree fort and created rooms walled by foliage. We collected wildflowers instead of Barbie dolls. We put band-aids on earthworms inadvertently chopped by our dads’ lawnmowers. We diligently rescued and cared for baby birds that had fallen from their nests. We called our fort “Hullabaloo,” alluding to the action-packed activities of our backyard world.

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