I, too, am a field ecologist specializing in plants with a husband who is a
carpenter and can barely identify a daisy, (but he's pretty good with trees). I
have valued gifts such as unique field guides, etc...but perhaps more useful may
be a journal, preferably waterproof, that she could use in the field to write
about new plants that she encounters.
Michael Heir wrote:
>> This may be a rather strange request. My girlfriend is currently enrolled
> at a well-known high-altitude research facility in the Rocky Mountains. She
> is studying patterns of pollinators for geranium and other plants.
>> Her birthday is at the end of July and I would like to surprise her with a
> gift that would complement the work she is doing out there (we are both from
> New Jersey). As a computer programmer, I don't have much knowledge of what
> she is studying, and that is why I am coming here for some ideas. She
> writes me explaining how she walks through fields of flowers that are up to
> her waist and how beautiful it is there. As you can probably tell, she
> loves flowers, plants, and ecology in general. Many of you probably share a
> similar interest, and perhaps have done research yourselves. I would love
> to hear any ideas you might be able to offer for some gifts. By the way, it
> will be her 21st birthday.
>> I have a few ideas myself. One is a very nice diary that contains special
> folders that you can store pressed flowers in. This might allow her to take
> some of the flowers back with her. However, I feel that there is so much
> potential for a great gift, and my lack of knowledge in this area is
> limiting what I can think of. She will be spending the next 2 months living
> in a rustic cabin at this research facility, so ideas ranging from plants,
> to pollinators, to cabin-living are all welcome. In fact, any ideas at all
> will be greatly appreciated.
>> Thank you so much for any help.
>> Michael Heir