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Hay scented ferns
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Joel Everett Harding is the pen name of a professional field ecologist who has spent decades exploring the wild places nature offers us. His personal adventures and scientific investigations have taken him to landscapes throughout North America and elsewhere. He enjoys “collecting” ecosystem and wild environment experiences of all sizes, from puddles to rainforests and everything in-between.


The author's thirty-plus years as a field ecologist are based on his professional credentials in a variety of scientific fields, including landscape and ecosystem ecology, wildlife biology, animal and human behavior, and habitat restoration using bioengineering techniques. He has served as a scientist to private industry, federal, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Old Fields

Original oil painting by Joel Everett Harding

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