Science Writer Carol Yoon Inadvertently Discovers Rare Species
Oecophora bractella is a colourful moth far from its forest home in Europe and considered threatened in many areas. It wouldn't be the last “unexpected species” Carol Yoon discovered on her doorstep, either. As her desire to tally the taxons grew, she began noticing the number of creatures crawling around her home. She and her entomologist husband devised attractive lawn displays, like black lights and water drippers, to entice wildlife. Yoon even began marveling at all the pieces of species found in the fridge. The idea that so much life can exist on “just one square foot” of land in rural America was enough to make Yoon want to keep her eyes peeled at all times—even when standing in her own home. In her talks, she conveys this same refreshing sense of wonderment toward nature while tying it into a larger conversation about stewardship and our relationship to the planet.