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10 naturalists who inspired me as a child

I’m starting a new feature for The Roaming Parkers blog – Top Ten Tuesdays. I figure to post simple top-10 lists related to travel, adventure, conservation, and food. I might add a sentence or two of commentary or I might not.

Feel free to jump in with a comment like, “Hey! me too!” or maybe even, “You’re an idiot!”

10 naturalists that inspired me as a child

When I sat down to start writing this list I realized that there were only 3-4 naturalists from my childhood whose names I even know. I filled out the list with naturalists from before my time that I figure must have certainly influenced my childhood heroes and who have more recently inspired me.

  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Marlin Perkins
  • Robert Baden-Powell
  • Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Daniel Carter Beard
  • Carl Sagan
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Edward Abbey
  • John Muir
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • John Wesley Powell
  • Rachel Carson

If you are sharp of eye and compulsive, you will have noticed that my top 10 list contains 12 names. I figure a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. If a 12-item top-10 bugs you that much, cross out any two names you like.

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