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April 21 – Dick Smythe

Dick Smythe

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH OTHER CREATURES

Why do we know so little and care so little about the many creatures with whom we share this planet?  We will, very briefly, visit five “animals.”  A couple that are reasonably familiar, for example a white-tailed deer, and several that are less familiar, for example, a leopard.  We will ask what, if anything, we might learn and how we might benefit from similar experiences.

Dick Smythe is an entomologist retired from the research division of the US Forest Service. Before kindergarten he started collecting feathers and insects. In college he majored in biology, and then earned a PhD in entomology. Throughout his lifetime, Dick has maintained an interest in the natural world. He is active in a number of environmental organizations, is an avid reader, especially in the biological sciences and theology, and enjoys being out-of-doors throughout the year.

Music: Donna Russell

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