First blog post: why blog?

Need to start somewhere…

Why am I blogging? I’m hoping people will read this, and be inspired to learn more about wetlands, visit natural areas, and talk to others about science and nature. I also just want to share cool stuff that gets me excited, and start conversation.

Wetlands are an excellent springboard for lots of conversations. How do we study Nature? What can science tell us about what an ecosystem is, and how it works? What are distinctive aspects (history, geography, chemistry, biota…) about these places? Why are wetlands valuable? (What can wetlands do for me?)

Why now? Because I find I’m enjoying writing. Because scientific societies to which I belong (Ecological Society of America,  Society of Wetland Scientists) are encouraging members to reach out to the media and individual citizens, educating and encouraging more engagement with nature. And I truly believe that wetlands are beautiful, can help us clean up our messes, and are worth protecting and celebrating.

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Author: Paul Weihe

Associate Professor of Biology at Central College, traditional author (Textbook of Limnology, Cole & Weihe, 5th ed.; Waveland Press), and now...blogger!

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