A photo of an Otter from the 1850s by John Dillwyn Llewellyn. Because of the long exposures needed in early photography Llewellyn used stuffed animals situated in nature.

NiCHE’s Group Blog Renamed “The Otter”

A photo of an Otter from the 1850s by John Dillwyn Llewellyn. Because of the long exposures needed in early photography Llewellyn used stuffed animals situated in nature.

NiCHE’s group blog, formally known as Nature’s Chroniclers, has been renamed The Otter.

You can find the blog here.

In the three months since we launched the regular blog component of the NiCHE website, we’ve published eighteen posts by fifteen authors. These include a number of posts on National Parks (Waiser , Campbell, Sandlos, Rudin, MacEachern), others on the historical context for current events (Rumiel, Kheraj, Stunden Bower) , a call for more attention to the Pacific Rim (Tyner), reports on NiCHE events and projects (Slack, Clifford), and reflections on collaborating with researchers in other fields (Kheraj), and map librarians (Bonnell). The readership has ranged between two hundred to almost a thousand for most of the posts (hint: include Whistler in the title of a post if you’d like to attract a thousand readers). This early success suggests writing short articles for the internet is an important addition to other forms of academic publishing, as it allows historians to reach a wider audience more quickly than other formats.

In the months ahead we would like to involve even more NiCHE members in our group blog. The website provides the opportunity to include videos, audio and colour photographs or maps. Do you have an idea for a short blog post using a great photo, map or video you found, but could never include in a book or journal article? Do you study an issue that is currently in the news? Do you have an idea you would like to share with fellow NiCHE members and our growing public readership? Please contact Jim Clifford ( jcliffo9@uwo.ca ) if you would like to write for The Otter.

Follow The Otter with the dedicated RSS Feed, the blog’s Twitter Account or by visiting the main NiCHE Website frequently.

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Assistant professor of environmental history at the University of Saskatchewan.

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