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I’m a co-founder of the Ecological Society of America’s new Science Communication Section (#ESASciComm), so I am in a great position to infuse #sciart into #scicomm at ESA. I’ve done so with pleasure in scicomm workshops the past two years.
This year, at ESA’s annual conference/meeting (#ESA100) our section had a booth at which we encouraged folks to sketch their science.
We were blown away by how many people enthusiastically did so.
There weren’t any squirrels in the town where I grew up.
I didn’t know to remark on that fact when I was young.
It wasn’t until I moved away from home that I discovered two apparent truisms regarding urban squirrels:
Squirrels can be boldly urbane, in their own chattery twitchy way.
Squirrels occur en masse in every town and city I have since inhabited.
Despite this, or perhaps as a result, I haven’t thought or written much about squirrels. That pleasant oblivion ended abruptly last summer. In 2014, my typical gardening frenzy was necessarily pared down to a few pots of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs on a borrowed balcony.