I also went through UCANR’s California Naturalist certification program which was a life defining and trajectory setting experience for me. Michelle represents the best of that program, and most importantly, the best of what happens when people care enough about their world to learn about it, love it deeply, and share it with others. I have learned so much from this and am blown away by the caliber of these interviews. The science alone is fascinating, but it is always presented in a way that preserves the sense of awe and humility that is present in the very best nature writers. This blend of science and the experiential is in my view, the essence of what it is to be a naturalist. Golden State Naturalist is a love letter to California and is a powerful counter narrative to our state’s extensive legacy of environmental degradation and the horrific treatment of its indigenous peoples (who are still here and still carry traditional knowledge of the land).
April 14, 2023 by LorenM on Apple Podcasts