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Field Lessons for Life

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

Day after day, we lead people outside who have very little exposure to it; children and adults who don’t know what to do in the wild, or on a walk.  We have a very short list of tips for them we consider basic skills for the field, and the more I repeat them to others the more practical applications I find for them in “real life” situations.

1) Be quiet and listen. Oh, boy. This is a big one. I am sure you have a million examples of ways in which this one has saved your a** or where failing to do so has left you in a pickle.  I’ve missed the ringing of the dinner bell. I’ve heard (and therefore seen) an Indigo “rattle” his tail. I’ve recklessly drowned out the telltale words of a liar and reveled in the joyful song of the Long-billed Thrasher. It’s hard to go wrong by keeping your mouth shut and your ears open.

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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

It’s my job at the National Butterfly Center, to see the big picture and plot a course for us to achieve abstract visions and concrete dreams.  Sometimes the future seems so fantastical I cannot imagine ever reaching there.  Other times, I get bogged down in the mapping and weary from the steering. 

When this happens, I can usually be found crying at my desk. 

My son says this is necessary to clean the pollen, dust and bird poop off my windshield to the world.

“You know, Mom, all that nasty stuff like bug guts that gets stuck there and makes it hard to see,” explains Nicholas.

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