With great fortune, Meghan has been able to combine her passions for animal tracking, writing and people into vocations of habitat conservation and public awareness. As an Educator, Ecological Consultant and Writer of books, essays and articles, Meghan strives to help people connect to their external and internal landscapes. for more information please visit Meghan’s website at www.meghanwallamurphy.com
The “Talks on Nature” lecture series is sponsored by the West Petaluma Hills Wildlife Corridor Coalition.
This series of talks have been created by Lydia Schindler and the West Petaluma Hills Wildlife Corridor Coalition
Petaluma has been my home for 40 years. I opened by Family Medicine practice in Petaluma in 1988 and worked in Private Practice for 20 years. The practice grew to 4 wonderful physicians and 2 nurse practitioners. The last 12 years, for relief of administrative headaches, I joined Kaiser Permanente. It’s a great medical institution. I retired from full time doctor 3 years ago, but couldn’t completely let go, and worked part time in a private practice in Pt Reyes Station for over 2 years. I just recently retired, again.
I always loved the idea of being in nature, but with a full time job and raising children, I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know it. Then, 15 years ago I decided to buy a 100 acre forested land near Lake Pillsbury and the Eel River. I spent most weekends for 5 years enjoying building a wonderful straw bale/adobe house in the forest. That was my first real experience in Nature. Black Bears, Cougars, and Tule Elk, of course are the first to come to mind. I loved it.
But, I still wanted to understand animal behavior. 8 years ago I joined my first Animal Tracks and Sign group in West Marin. I started studying Animal Tracks and Sign thereafter. Now with all the wonderful people that have mentored me, and spending a lot of time alone in nature, I’m now a Certified Animal Track and Sign tracker, through an International Organization called Cybertracker. For the last 2 years I have co-led a Women’s Tracking Club. This opened the door to study habitat and birds, and now I’m a Certified California Naturalist. I docent tide pools through Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. One never gets bore when studying Nature.
What I have found is we don’t need to go far to understand our community wildlife. It’s right here. Given the time to listen and feel as we walk our grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, the more you learn. The best thing is the feeling of connection. If you let it, nature will embrace you in the most beautiful way. And, for the moment, you feel free.