Protect, Learn, Educate: My Mantra As a New Master Naturalist

Flora & Fauna

becoming a master naturalist

A week ago I received my Master Naturalist certificate from the Connecticut Audubon Society. Basically this means that “we are trained to be stewards of our natural environment and will teach these skills to others”. Wow, well ok. Because I am on the Board of the Aspetuck Land Trust, I already feel I am an environmental steward for Connecticut, for years I was a trail steward locally. This particular training has taken my passion to another level. The 10-week class is offered once a year so look into these types of classes around the country if you love topics like this: marine ecosystems, herpetology, entomology, bird banding, mammals, habitats + ecosystems, geology, or nature and trail interpretation. Many really smart people teach what they love, and we all had loads of laughs and got a lot of fresh air.

So, let’s all come together to smarten up about what things we can do in our own lives to make a difference, act locally, whether it’s educating the youth, learning about recycling, climate change, or protecting the planet. For starters, I’ll be volunteering with Osprey Nation as an osprey nest steward. Outside of my office window, I can see an osprey nest. More on that — with pictures — in a future post.

Now, get outside! Thanks for reading!


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead












aspetuck land trust



Most of these photographs are taken by me, except the featured image of me taken by Jim Wood. Because I was in the woods, I only used my trusty iPhone 7 for this post.

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