If a tree falls in the forest and no one has seen or heard it fall, did it really fall?

A post of mine on #forests2015 blog.

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Dr. Urša Vilhar conducting forest experiments Dr. Urša Vilhar conducting forest experiments

In the 21st century, communication skills for natural scientists, experts and professionals, are essential.

It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and the sunlit beech-spruce forest behind the Slovenian Forestry Institute is full of children who are watching dr. Urša Vilhar. She is demonstrating how the water flow over the trunk of the tree is measured and makes a reading from the instrument used for this research.

The wide-eyed children ask bright, yet sometimes unrelated questions, which Urša happily answers. Later, they are going to visit one of the institute’s laboratories and conduct some experiments of their own. At home, they are going to tell their parents about what they have learned and maybe, just maybe, some of them will treasure this experience and walk a path in their life that is connected to forests and nature.

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