We have a winner of March Mammal Madness! With more than 4,600 voting in the final round for the nickname for our hypothetical placental ancestor, the winner is...
Today marks the 176th anniversary of the birth of noted naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921), a canonical figure in American nature writing, friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and key voice in the early 20th-century nature study and conservation movements.
This is it—the final matchup. We started with 32 potential names for our hypothetical placental ancestor. Now we’re down to two: Mancestor and Shrëwdinger. Which will it be? It’s your decision. Cast your vote now and give this creature a name!
What does it mean to be a 21st-century American naturalist? On Tuesday, April 9, join moderator Tom Brokaw and panelists Douglas Brinkley, a Roosevelt biographer; Lisa Graumlich, scientist and dean at the University of Washington's College of the Environment; Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the Museum; and Rick Ridgeway, vice president for environmental initiatives at Patagonia, for Conservation, Wilderness, and the American Dream, a special event about the close links between American identity and natural heritage, as well as the role today's naturalists can play in conservation.