NATURALIST JIM CONRAD
Education: M.Sc. in Botany, B.Sc. in Biology & Geology
Background: Born in 1947, Jim grew up on a small tobacco farm in western Kentucky, in the southeastern USA.
After college he served as a naturalist in a Kentucky state park, then for three years worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. While there he collected plants for taxonomic research in several Latin American countries.
Then he began his main career as a freelance writer focusing mostly on topics relating to natural history. For his work he has traveled in about forty countries, in the process publishing over 200 magazine articles and stories, and six books. His most popular books are MEXICO: A Hiker's Guide to Mexican Natural History and The Maya Road.
Jim passes along much of what Nature and various folks taught him in his free, online books. A guiding influence in Jim's life is what he calls The Six Miracles of Nature. You may be interested in Jim's You Tube video "How Nature Study Changes Us."
Most of Jim's regularly published, commercial books are out of date and out of print. Still, usually you can find some at Amazon.Com. To see what's being offered today, click here.
In early 1997 Jim became an Internet-connected hermit/naturalist in the forests and fields of southwestern Mississippi. During this time he dedicated himself fully to advancing environmental education and cross-cultural sensitization by establishing appropriate websites. His first efforts resulted in the creation of the popular EarthFoot's Free Ecotour Posterboard. In 2004, once that website was fully operational, he turned it over to a friend. Most recently he has developed the Backyard Nature website, as well as several other online books and sites.
You can download books written during various of Jim's naturalizing trips here.
Since 2005 Jim has wandered a bit, bartering labor of various kinds for lodging, in the process depositing onto the Internet information about nature in California's Sierra Nevadas, Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains, Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, the southern slope of southwestern Texas's Edwards Plateau, and the Mexican states of Yucatán, Querétaro, and Chiapas At this time Jim is living on an isolated permaculture rancho deep in the woods near Ek-Balam ruins north of Valladolid, Yucatán, México. There's no electricity or Internet here, so nowadays communicating is a bit slow.
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Jim issues a Naturalist Newsletter about the plants and animals he meets. You can access them on the Web.
You can write to Jim by clicking here.
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