Vagabond Naturalist is creating Stories of Ecological Adventures through Photograpy and Writing
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patrons
$41
per creation
So this is Patreon, a crowdfunding space, but the big difference is it is set up for continuous support of ongoing creative projects. They've have a useful video that explains...What is Patreon?… but basically the format is a community of folks that chip in monthly to help creators keep creating, and that's what I'd love to do, keep creating.
A year in and Rachael and I are still vagabonding. And we're still telling our stories, through photographs and words. And we're still volunteering in places where we can get our hands dirty. Our decision to minimalize our things, hit the road and cohabitate in an anthropomorphized antique RV coincided with a growing passion for learning ecology and chipping in on conservation efforts. The Bay Area is a wonderful place where social justice, a community of passionate people and opportunities to rehabilitate the mistakes of the past converge. Getting to know the nature that surrounds the city as well as the secret gems that remain in the urban core was a huge part of why I could make a life there. When we stumbled upon the Candlestick Point Ecostewards the inspiration took hold that gave shape to our year-long journey. The plan was to quit our jobs and cram ourselves into an 18ft 1978 Toyota to travel the continent and learn about the incredible ecosystems that make up our country. We knew that the best way to do this was to get messy with local folks that care about their homes the way we and the Ecostewards care about the Bay Area and beyond.
We've enjoyed producing a blog: http://vagabondnaturalists.com/. This has been a great way to share photos and writing about where we've been and what we've experienced and learned along the way. It is fair to say that we only scratched the surface of where our year of vagabonding took us. There are so many stories that we haven't told yet and all the stories we have yet to experience and share. The great thing about being a naturalist is that there is no end of things to learn. Each stream can be its own world to explore. Every rock or tree has it's own inhabitants unique to that place. We can look up to the stars or across a wide expanse of landscape, weather the elements or relish the warmth of the sun. We can dig beneath the soil for wiggly things or hop in a pond to see the fish. These are some of the destinations but life is often in the journey and how you get somewhere is part of the story. This is where our companion comes in.
Lil' Squatch is kinda needy. He demands a fair bit of attention, usually in the form of carburetor adjustments, replacing aging parts or chasing down water leaks from his decades-old seams and fixtures. But he also has a charismatic side that has been bugging me to tell his story. You gotta admit that he's pretty cute:Lil" Squatch
That this became a creative project wasn't completely unexpected. However the creative process will reveal new avenues if you are willing to nurture it and see where it can go. Within our goals and rewards are some hints at where we might be able to take our vagabonding. What I also find appealing about this venue is the possibility for feedback, maybe even positive collaboration from anyone who might find the value in what we create. I want to see where this can get to and I'm happy to take y'all with us.
*Important Note* Vagabonding and spending time in wild places, plus our frugal nature means that we are not always connected. It should be no problem to check in here and respond to folks but it might not be daily, it definitely won't be hourly and on occasion may take any number of days wandering through a desolate but beautiful wilderness before I can log in here.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
Looks like $1/month lets a person post on the activity feed. Seems like a oppurntitiy to interact with people and I'd love feedback.  I'll try and put interesting stuff here.
Pledge $2 or more per creation
Everyone chipping in $2 or more gets entered in a monthly print raffle.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
A monthly digital postcard of the best critter that I've come across this month. I try to tell you a bit about it too.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
An actual, real-life handmade postcard printed from my photographs. I'll put these in the mail monthly. Maybe it'll be something new I've seen, maybe something from the archives.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
Handmade mini-zine. Serialized from the Book of Lil' Squatch. If there are enough subscribers at this level or if I have enough time, I'll put this out monthly, it'll be at least quarterly.
Pledge $1,000 or more per creation
If you're crazy enough to pledge this much, we're crazy enough to bring Lil' Squatch to come visit you. We'll bring our wandering nature lab anywhere in the US, West of the Rockies.
Pledge $2,000 or more per creation
At this level we'll bring our wandering nature lab anywhere in the US, EAST of the Rockies.
Goals
$41 of $100 per creation
To celebrate hitting $100 we'll make a short video tour of our little guy and mabye take y'all on a little excursion.
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So this is Patreon, a crowdfunding space, but the big difference is it is set up for continuous support of ongoing creative projects. They've have a useful video that explains...What is Patreon?… but basically the format is a community of folks that chip in monthly to help creators keep creating, and that's what I'd love to do, keep creating.
A year in and Rachael and I are still vagabonding. And we're still telling our stories, through photographs and words. And we're still volunteering in places where we can get our hands dirty. Our decision to minimalize our things, hit the road and cohabitate in an anthropomorphized antique RV coincided with a growing passion for learning ecology and chipping in on conservation efforts. The Bay Area is a wonderful place where social justice, a community of passionate people and opportunities to rehabilitate the mistakes of the past converge. Getting to know the nature that surrounds the city as well as the secret gems that remain in the urban core was a huge part of why I could make a life there. When we stumbled upon the Candlestick Point Ecostewards the inspiration took hold that gave shape to our year-long journey. The plan was to quit our jobs and cram ourselves into an 18ft 1978 Toyota to travel the continent and learn about the incredible ecosystems that make up our country. We knew that the best way to do this was to get messy with local folks that care about their homes the way we and the Ecostewards care about the Bay Area and beyond.
We've enjoyed producing a blog: http://vagabondnaturalists.com/. This has been a great way to share photos and writing about where we've been and what we've experienced and learned along the way. It is fair to say that we only scratched the surface of where our year of vagabonding took us. There are so many stories that we haven't told yet and all the stories we have yet to experience and share. The great thing about being a naturalist is that there is no end of things to learn. Each stream can be its own world to explore. Every rock or tree has it's own inhabitants unique to that place. We can look up to the stars or across a wide expanse of landscape, weather the elements or relish the warmth of the sun. We can dig beneath the soil for wiggly things or hop in a pond to see the fish. These are some of the destinations but life is often in the journey and how you get somewhere is part of the story. This is where our companion comes in.
Lil' Squatch is kinda needy. He demands a fair bit of attention, usually in the form of carburetor adjustments, replacing aging parts or chasing down water leaks from his decades-old seams and fixtures. But he also has a charismatic side that has been bugging me to tell his story. You gotta admit that he's pretty cute:Lil" Squatch
That this became a creative project wasn't completely unexpected. However the creative process will reveal new avenues if you are willing to nurture it and see where it can go. Within our goals and rewards are some hints at where we might be able to take our vagabonding. What I also find appealing about this venue is the possibility for feedback, maybe even positive collaboration from anyone who might find the value in what we create. I want to see where this can get to and I'm happy to take y'all with us.
*Important Note* Vagabonding and spending time in wild places, plus our frugal nature means that we are not always connected. It should be no problem to check in here and respond to folks but it might not be daily, it definitely won't be hourly and on occasion may take any number of days wandering through a desolate but beautiful wilderness before I can log in here.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
Looks like $1/month lets a person post on the activity feed. Seems like a oppurntitiy to interact with people and I'd love feedback.  I'll try and put interesting stuff here.
Pledge $2 or more per creation
Everyone chipping in $2 or more gets entered in a monthly print raffle.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
A monthly digital postcard of the best critter that I've come across this month. I try to tell you a bit about it too.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
An actual, real-life handmade postcard printed from my photographs. I'll put these in the mail monthly. Maybe it'll be something new I've seen, maybe something from the archives.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
Handmade mini-zine. Serialized from the Book of Lil' Squatch. If there are enough subscribers at this level or if I have enough time, I'll put this out monthly, it'll be at least quarterly.
Pledge $1,000 or more per creation
If you're crazy enough to pledge this much, we're crazy enough to bring Lil' Squatch to come visit you. We'll bring our wandering nature lab anywhere in the US, West of the Rockies.
Pledge $2,000 or more per creation
At this level we'll bring our wandering nature lab anywhere in the US, EAST of the Rockies.