As a kid nature was the backdrop for imaginative play. As a young adult it was something to explore and to satisfy my curiosity.
MORE ABOUT GREG
Title: Interpretive Naturalist
What you do at Westwood Hills Nature Center: My main job as a naturalist is education.
Years of experience: 12 years at Westwood. About five years before in about three times as many seasonal and internship positions.
Briefly describe your background/experience in your field of work. I have a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of MN. But I’d say most of my education as a naturalist has resulted from spending time outdoors making observations and from many individuals who have shared their knowledge and expertise with me.
Q: What is your favorite animal? I’ve been a bird watcher for about 15 years so any bird really. Recently I’ve been more interested in insects, especially moths. I’m constantly amazed at how many unusual and interesting insects show up at Westwood and in our garden at home.
Q: What are your interests and hobbies?
– The usual naturalist sort of stuff: hiking, bird watching, mushroom hunting
– Gardening, our yard is about 80% flower and vegetable garden
– Playing bass guitar
– Sketching, photography, iPhone art
– I read a lot, whatever catches my eye
Q: How has nature impacted your life? In so many ways. As a kid “nature” was the backdrop for imaginative play. As a young adult it was something to explore and to satisfy my curiosity. As I get older, I find myself just noting and observing the many cycles that play out in any given place or period of time.
Q: What is your favorite activity or program at Westwood? Probably beekeeping.
Q: What is your favorite place at Westwood? Tough question, it changes from season to season and year to year. Maybe my default favorite place is the Y-dock, it’s a spot that seems to bring everything that Westwood is about into one spot. It’s probably the spot at Westwood that I’ve visited the most over the past 16 years, possibly more than any other single location other than my home, past or present, which seems significant.