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W. Brooks Paternotte

Host, The Nature of Things

W. Brooks Paternotte took the helm of Irvine Nature Center as executive director in July 2013 and immediately began building on the strong 35-year foundation.  Brooks is a Baltimore native who was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean and Head of the Middle School during his 13 years at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore.  He is also an instructor and ambassador of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Leave No Trace Master, as well as an avid outdoorsman and a features writer for FlyLife Magazine.

Ways to Connect

There’s no doubt technology has changed our lives and, sadly, the result has been a huge disconnect from the natural world.  Many people have lost their sense of wonder and respect for it simply due to lack of exposure. But there is room for families and adults to embrace both technology and nature.

When was the last time you were barefoot in the grass?
Do your kids know what it’s like to pencil roll down a meadow’s hillside?
How often are you laundering a little mud out of the bottom of your jeans?

Baby Animals

Mar 29, 2013
Stuart Chalmers/ Flickr Creative Commmons

Earlier this month, I received a panicked phone call from a friend about some ‘abandoned’ baby long-eared owls. “The babies are alone,” she told me, “They can’t fly and their parents are nowhere in sight.” I completely understood her concern, but thought, “Here we go again. It’s spring, and it’s time for calls about baby animals.”

Warm weather has arrived, and many of us are more actively enjoying the outdoors. The same goes for our wildlife friends – birds, squirrels, rabbits and other native animals are busy building nests and rearing their young. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to witness this miracle of life in our own backyards. Other times, people stumble upon young animals in the wild and worry that they need our help.

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