The Opinicon Natural History Blog has a new contributor

Professor Stephen Lougheed started this blog in 2009.

It is intended to be a vibrant and factual resource for learning and documenting the science and natural history of the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and surroundings.  As you can see from recent postings, the content also ranges geographically since people who have frequented QUBS now span the Earth. People working at QUBS carry on research in many other lands and ecosystems.

My plan is to add a further dimension to an already successful venture: the people, facilities and the various happenings at the Station. There is a dynamic to the natural history and science that  becomes more real, informative and lasting if we also know more about the people generating all that good science and knowledge. So, look for more postings about the growing buffet of field courses and ongoing research projects.

Submissions are welcome, subject to editorial assessment – send to Stephen Lougheed.

Stephen is always around and involved. His busy schedule as a Full Professor at Queen’s University and Director at the Station doesn’t leave sufficient time for him to always capture all of what is going on at QUBS.  Therefore, I volunteered to take a lead role in producing the blog content.

Allow me to introduce myself. Most of my spare time is dedicated to natural history and environmental knowledge development and communication.

I hold an executive position with the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club of Arnprior, Ontario, which is where I live. We have the tallest tree in Ontario there, in Gillies Grove. It is a White Pine (Pinus strobus) with a height of  about 47 metres. The National Research Council of Canada has placed me on their Animal Care Committee, which oversees the treatment and care of laboratory animals in human health research.

I have my own blog, which captures natural history knowledge and more as I make my way through various eco-districts.

It is best to READ the blog rather than describing it, as it will also give you the flavour of future Opinicon Natural History postings.

I worked at Environment Canada from 1980 to 1997, as Chief and then Director of Conservation Service Policy and Knowledge Integration, where some of my achievements included the development of a large portion of Canada’s Green Plan and  Environment Canada’s entry onto the World Wide Web.

Between 1980 and 1988, I developed and advised on water policy and legislation, managed Lower Fort Garry National Historic Park and led social development policy for the Government of Manitoba.

All said and done, I have returned to my first passion—natural history and environmental science. Expect diversity and variety with an emphasis on “interesting.”  Comments are welcome. Please point out errors and omissions. Most of all, keep returning and let me know what you think.

Your blogger communing with a tree in northern Florida.
Your blogger communing with a tree in northern Florida.

In the next few weeks, look for editions about:

1.    Cow Marsh Nature Trail
2.    What’s Up with the Tree Swallow Boxes at QUBS?
3.    Sino-Canada Eco-dreams OR Effects Of Human Development On Aquatic Environments and Biodiversity In Canada And China
4.    The Bug Man Cometh (Field Entomology & Ecology)
5.    Fungi with a Fun Guy (Fabulous Fall Fungi)
6.    And your comments, recommendations and contributions!

Keep in touch!


Arthur E. Goldsmith, B.Sc., B.Ed, MPA

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