Backyard Biology

Nature stories from my backyard and beyond


As an Outdoor Educator, the wilderness is home to me and often my backyard is what I see from the vestibule of a tent. I am astounded by the perfection of Mother Nature’s work. Every bend in a river, view from a ridge or pathway through an island group fills my heart and soul with pure joy. I’m amazed at the threads that connect the biological diversity of nature.

Growing up in an artistic household got me interested in many art mediums, especially printmaking, photography, graphic design and illustration. Recently, inspired by the memory of my grandmother who was a wonderful English teacher, I have started to write about some of the places and things I see in my travels.

When my good friend, Don asked if I would be interested in developing a web-site with him, the wheels started to turn. What fun it would be to combine art, natural history and writing as we share our mutual fascination with everything from aphids to zebras. We hope you will join us on frequent expeditions to our “backyards”.

Doug Lowry
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I grew up in a coastal town just south of Boston. As a child, my playground was a salt marsh. I swam in the river, hiked on the marsh and fished in the creek. So it is no surprise that I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up.
With that goal in mind, I studied biology in college. However, I soon realized that research science was not for me. What I really enjoyed was science education - taking the research of others and using it to help people understand how the world works.

For the past 30 years, I have been a science educator at the Museum of Science in Boston. I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach programs in all of the sciences - physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, biology, biotechnology and - my favorite - natural history. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to introduce people to the wonders of the natural world, to demonstrate that even the most mundane, seemingly boring living entity has an incredible tale to tell.

I have tried to combine my love for natural history and biology in these stories. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Don Salvatore
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