My son walks by the beautiful cherry blossoms these days and exclaims “spring is in the trees.” He looks at bare branches with a hint of hope, that spring will come to them too. But the evergreens confuse him: why don’t they change with the seasons in the same way? While I can come up with a boring answer to this question, I bet if David Douglas were still alive he’d wow my son with an explanation of natural history.
David Douglas’s name is all over Oregon. It graces a school district, an iconic tree, a Vancouver park, and the scientific nomenclature of more than 80 local plants and animals, but most Northwesterners have only a cursory knowledge of the Scottish naturalist.
A couple of months ago we explored the life of David Douglas with local author Jack Nisbet. Today, as spring approaches, we share that conversation with you again.
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OPB | April 16, 2015