Oh, hey there!

My name is Ross, and I'm a bit of a nerd for all things nature.

I started Nerdy About Nature as a way of documenting and sharing observations and fun facts about the natural world. Blending the perception of a naturalist with philosophy and humor, I aim to make your next venture into the outdoors more enjoyable!

Natures pretty neat ya know; I think we should keep it like that, and that we can learn alot along the way.

Let's check it out!

Support Nerdy About Nature

Filmmaking ain't easy - there's a fair amount of production, experience, travel and research that goes into each episode, and it all quickly adds up.

If you're enjoying all of the fun neature videos I've been creating, I'd truly appreciate you taking a moment to pop on over to my Patreon page and helping to support Nerdy About Nature with a monthly contribution! I have a wide selection of tiers & perks, and would be sooo incredibly stoked to work with ya'll to keep creating rad vids to make your time outside more enjoyable!

Supported by individual Patreon patrons like
Chris Kallal, Brian Kelley, Michael Sherar & folks like you!

© Nerdy About Nature. All rights reserved.

Mission

Through creating fun, engaging and informative content, I aim to inspire folks from all over Cascadia and beyond to get out and explore this world we all call home, regardless of their race, gender, sex, colour, creed, species or domain.

The way I see it, the more people understand and know about the world around them, the more they'll appreciate it, care for it, and work to protect it. Ultimately, I aim to encourage people from all walks of life to act in ways that ensure the health and longevity of our local and global ecosystems into the future for the benefit of not only humanity, but all life on this planet.

About me

I grew up in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, on the unceded lands of various Coast Salish Nations, spending countless days of my youth exploring the forests, mountains, and coast of this gorgeous part of the world.

Despite being enthralled by the natural world at a very young age, I was drawn to pursue other passions as I grew up. I went to school for biology & film production in Montana on traditional Apsaalooké (Crow) lands which birthed an ongoing career in outdoor adventure sports filmmaking, giving me the incredible opportunity to travel far and wide exploring this amazing world we all call home. Eventually, I ended up spending a few years furthering my surfing passion and obtaining an MBA with emphasis on entrepreneurship & branding in Australia on traditional Wurundjeri & Boonwurrung lands.

While I've always returned to and regarded Cascadia as my first love and true home, my travels to remote places and those experiences in the outdoors only furthered my fascination with nature. This endless curiosity has kept me reading books, researching, studying and venturing down wormholes to understand how it all works over the past few decades, which brings me to where we are today.

So while I am not a certified forester, biologist, ecologist or scientist, my passion, stoke and knack for effectively communicating somewhat complicated scientific information has lead me here and I couldn't be happier. Through blending naturalist observation habits with my background in film and storytelling, mixed in with a bit of philosophy & humour, I hope to share with you a slice of my profound love for the great outdoors.

Support

As an independent creator, I am supported primarily by individual viewers like you who enjoy learning from the engaging content I create. I'd like to thank each and every one of you because without you, none of this would be possible!

I'd also like to especially thank a few supporters who have gone above and beyond in their contributions on Patreon in the highest tiers offered:
Chris KallalBrian KelleyMichael Sherar

Partners

I am currently not partnered with any brands, businesses or companies, although I would gladly entertain the idea if our values align!

If you're interested in partnering or collaborating, feel free to reach out to me and let's chat.

Supported by individual Patreon patrons like
Chris Kallal, Brian Kelley, Michael Sherar & folks like you!

© Nerdy About Nature. All rights reserved.

Books

A collection of my favorite books and where you can find them while supporting quality local bookstores instead of monopolizing giants like Amazon!

"Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast" by Jim Pojar & Andrew McKinnon
Hands down one of, if not the best field guide for identifying and understanding much of the flora around Cascadia - I take this one everywhere with me!


"Trees in Canada" by John Laird Farrar
An amazing guide to trees all across Canada, with great information and some really incredible imagery that makes ID a piece of cake!


"Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer
This should be mandatory reading for all human-people all across turtle island, straight up. Not sure where to even start with this one, only that it is the most poetically beautiful piece of literature that brilliantly intertwines Indigenous wisdom with scientific knowledge in addressing some very pressing environmental and social issues we face today.
10/10 recommend this if you haven't read it yet.


"The Golden Spruce" by John Valliant
A great book based on the true story of Grant Hadwin, a logger who cut down a rare golden Spruce up on Haida Gwaii to make a statement about forestry practices. This is an amazing story that does a great job of explaining various perspectives while written in an engaging, provocative way.
There was also a documentary based on this book called "Hadwins Judgement" which is also pretty good!


Supported by individual Patreon patrons like Chris Kallal, Brian Kelley, Michael Sherar and folks like you!

© Nerdy About Nature. All rights reserved.

Notable Publicity

Shares & follows from some of the worlds coolest, most respected and honored folx in outdoor sports, advocacy and popular culture.

Featured & interviewed for a few different series for national rotation on The Weather Network all across Canada.

Host a 30 minute television show for local & national distribution on Shaw Spotlight Channel.

# More Than Wood Challenge

The "# More Than Wood Challenge" aim's to rally communities across BC & the world to come together and stand up for the protection of our remaining old growth forests by exercising their civil rights and calling our elected leaders to voice their opinions.

How it Works

Using an old phone, camera, or a friend, film yourself making a call to either John Horgan or Katrine Conroy telling them to halt all logging in our remaining oldgrowth forests and to find alternatives.

BC Premier John Horgan - 250.387.1715
BC Minister of Forests Katrine Conroy - 250.387.6240

Post your video to TikTok, Instagram or Facebook using the tag #MoreThanWoodChallenge and spread the word to others.Repeat it every day until we see some legitimate action on the issue!

Making the call?

I get it, it's hard. It's intimidating. You may have never done this before and you don't know what to expect and it's triggering sweaty palmed nightmares from all those public speaking classes you ever took - it's alright, I've got you.

Fortunately, the societal system we live in makes it relatively easy to speak up and voice your opinion, but I've gone ahead and made it even easier for you. Here are a couple pointers and easy talking points to reference for your calls:

Talking Points

STOP raw log export to foreign countries and keep what we log in the province for our collective economic gain.RETROFIT existing mills to handle smaller logs and create more jobs locally throughout the province.CREATE a truly sustainable value-added 2nd and 3rd growth management strategy in our forests by WORKING WITH indigenous & local communities.STOP all logging in the last of these ancient forest ecosystems, as they are the remaining 2.7% in the province.

Things to Remember

Be civil - don't swear, make threats, name-call or be dramatic - there's already too much of that in the world today, we don't need more. Be kind, clear, calm and express yourself with your words.Explain why the issue is important to you. If you value the outdoors, work a job, breath air, drink water, have kids, care about the future or your well-being in any way whatsoever, then you've got plenty to draw from here.Don't spew inaccurate or subjective 'facts' - give real numbers, real science, and real facts from reputable sources.Familiarize yourself with the issue so that you can talk freely about it and bring the discussion to a wider audience. Here are a few great places to start learning:

Further Reading & Resources

Want to do more, or engage in a different way? Here are some other things you can do to make a difference:

These ecosystems are worth so much more than their wood - let's learn how to do things better today and keep them standing for future generations!

© Nerdy About Nature. All rights reserved.

Making the call?

I get it, it's hard. It's intimidating. You may have never done this before and you don't know what to expect and it's triggering sweaty palmed nightmares from all those public speaking classes you ever took - it's alright, I've got you.

Fortunately, the societal system we live in makes it relatively easy to speak up and voice your opinion, but I've gone ahead and made it even easier for you. Here are a couple pointers and easy talking points to reference for your calls:

Talking Points

STOP raw log export to foreign countries and keep what we log in the province for our collective economic gain.RETROFIT existing mills to handle smaller logs and create more jobs locally throughout the province.CREATE a truly sustainable value-added 2nd and 3rd growth management strategy in our forests by WORKING WITH indigenous & local communities.STOP all logging in the last of these ancient forest ecosystems, as they are the remaining 2.7% in the province.

Things to Remember

Be civil - don't swear, make threats, name-call or be dramatic - there's already too much of that in the world today, we don't need more. Be kind, clear, calm and express yourself with your words.Explain why the issue is important to you. If you value the outdoors, work a job, breath air, drink water, have kids, care about the future or your well-being in any way whatsoever, then you've got plenty to draw from here.Don't spew inaccurate or subjective 'facts' - give real numbers, real science, and real facts from reputable sources.Familiarize yourself with the issue so that you can talk freely about it and bring the discussion to a wider audience. Here are a few great places to start learning:

Further Reading & Resources

Want to do more, or engage in a different way? Here are some other things you can do to make a difference:

These ecosystems are worth so much more than their wood - let's learn how to do things better today and keep them standing for future generations!

Cascadian Card Deck

Collaborating with local Cascadian artist Lizz Miles, we created a deck of playing cards that highlights some of the bioregions most incredible trees, ferns, flowers and shrubs.

$30