My name is Terry Thomas. I write the nature column for the Idaho Falls Post Register (70,000 readers) and also Island Park News. I'm a lifelong naturalist, a wildlife biologist for 30 years and have been writing this nature column for 23 years.
You can read the column here. Just scroll down and click on whatever interests you. There are over 300 columns here so you should be able to find something of interest.
This is also an excellent place for families that home-school. You can find many columns here to help you with nature studies, reports and such.
Longtime readers have been excited about the publication of, The Best of Nature, with over 100 of the best essays (232 pages) from past years. If you are new to the column, you especially don't want to miss this book as I started this website after I published the book.
I also illustrate the column with my own photographs and offer free photography classes on this site as well.
We'll post the latest columns here and may occasionally post a popular column from the past.
"WOW. What a phenomenal piece you wrote. You are amazing." Jennifer Jackson
That is embarrassing but actually a fairly typical response to my nature essays. Since The Best of Nature is created from the very best of 16 years of these nature essays published weekly in the Idaho Falls Post Register (online readership 70,000), it is a fine read. It covers a wide variety of topics including humorous glimpses of nature, philosophy, natural history, and conservation. Readers praise the style, breadth of subject matter and my ability to communicate complex and emotional topics in a relaxed and understandable manner.
Everyone can find something to love in this book. From teenagers to octogenarians, from the coffee shop to the school room, these nature essays are widely read and enjoyed.
Some of the essays here are my personal favorites, others seemed to strike a chord with readers. Most have an important message or lesson that will resonate with you. They are written with a goal to simultaneously entertain and educate about the wonderful workings of nature. Some will make you laugh out loud and others will bring a tear to the eye and warm your heart.
"You hit a home run with your article on, Big Questions in Nature. It should be required reading for everyone who has lost touch with nature...great job!" Joe Chapman
"We enjoyed your column, Bloom Where Planted. Some of the best writing yet. The Post Register is fortunate to have your weekly columns." Lou Griffin.
To read more and to order a copy, click here or get the Kindle version
Copies are also available at:
Island Park Builders Supply (upstairs)
Barnes and Noble in Idaho Falls
Harriman State Park, Island Park
Museum of Idaho
Valley Books, Jackson Wyoming
Avocet Corner Bookstore, Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Brigham City, Utah
Craters of the Moon National Monument Bookstore, Arco, Idaho