What Can We Learn From Nature? Everything!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

What can we learn from nature? Everything!

It turns out, we are surrounded by brilliantly-designed inventions that can teach us a lot. "Biomimicry" is the science that studies nature's inventions to inspire innovations for our daily lives. In short, old ideas are new ideas - and they are just waiting to be discovered. Plus, mimicking nature helps identify sustainable solutions that are compatible with our planet.

Natural resource scientist Janine Benyus is a huge proponent who says biomimicry is also a fresh look at how we view the world. "[W]e live in a competent universe, we are part of a brilliant planet, and we are surrounded by genius. The core idea is that life's been on Earth 3.8 billion years and that's a lot of R&D." 

Stories of Inventions Discovered Through Biomimicry

  • Swiss Electrical Engineer George de Mestral goes on a walk with his dog, who often returns with burs stuck to his coat. Curious, the scientist takes a closer look under a microscope, and sees hundreds of "hooks" that latch onto things. But they also release without breaking. He uses this discovery to invent Velcro.

  • Japan is developing a high-speed train, but it has a major problem. The super velocity creates a vacuum in tunnels. This not only slows the train, but also emits a loud "sonic boom" when it exits. So a design engineer (who happens to be a bird watcher) studies the kingfisher. This speedy hunter sneaks up on his prey by entering water with very little splash. The scientist analyzes the bird's face and applies its beak design to the front of the "bullet" train. This not only eliminates the noise, but also improves speed and fuel efficiency. 

  • Scientists studying humpback whales notice how the bumps on its flippers prevent drag while the whale is diving at a steep angle. They adapt this design to wind turbine blades, which greatly improves efficiency. It also helps develop high-speed aircraft wings that are not as susceptible to stalling. 

  • Every year, millions of birds fly into windows. This is not just upsetting to homeowners - it creates costly clean-up for owners of high rise buildings. Scientists studying the problem happen upon the common spider web. They inlay "invisible" lines into the glass. Unseen to human eyes, the embedded lines reflect ultraviolet light visible to birds, preventing accidents.


And The List Goes On...

Biomimicry is not just a "feel good" activity - it is a real discipline based on eons of awe-inspiring nature. The Biomimicry Institute, for example, is introducing its scientific curriculum to K-12, universities, and other educational institutions. Their goal is to create a new generation of innovators who use nature as a guide to invention. And commerce is paying attention. From agriculture to transportation, the movement is helping corporations design innovations that are both earth-friendly and profitable.


Our connection to nature is profound. Many studies indicate that when we are nature deprived, our health suffers. It's one of the big reasons we love marketing properties in soothing environments -ViewHomes!  We think home should be a place where you relax, rejuvenate, and feed your soul. Interested in learning more?  Contact us today. 

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (47)

Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Bernie and Debb, I echo what others have said WOW! This post taught me a lot and the alignment with your brand is perfection. We can learn so much from Nature and it's nice to see day to day life examples being put to use. 

May 05, 2019 04:39 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb & Bernie,
What perfect examples of how our lives have been improved by mimicing nature.  This is all really fascinating and I'm glad there are people with better brains than me to figure how how to mimic nature for making life better and using resources more efficiently.  

May 05, 2019 07:43 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

A very well deserved feature of this blog post. I learn something from nature  every time I observe my surroundings Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 05, 2019 10:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What an awesome post and indeed we can learn a lot from Nature, we just need to be observant, instead of self absorbed.... love, love this post. So glad it got Featured, Endre

May 05, 2019 11:38 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

What a wonderful post! So much to learn from Nature. The message you bring to us is loud and clear in how you view life and marketing real estate. Your view of connecting with a home is exactly what many feel but maybe don't put into words: a home is where you relax, rejuvenate and feed your soul! I love this post!!

May 06, 2019 05:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thank you Dorie, it's one of Bernie's best ever, IMHO. :) 

May 06, 2019 07:03 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I learned many things ... on many levels ... via your post, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD .. nothing new there!!  Thank you ...


May 06, 2019 07:45 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I didn't know any of these stories! Fascinating! Thank you for sharing!

May 06, 2019 09:03 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Interesting tid bits ...Well done

May 06, 2019 04:49 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Interesting, informative and as many have stated, fascinating. How many people knew anything today about biomimicry? Amazing, isn't it, what you can learn by just  surfing the Rain everyday. Great post.

May 06, 2019 06:10 PM
Jackie Adams
ERA Archibald Real Estate - Idaho Falls, ID

I loved this post. How interesting. I learned a lot.

May 06, 2019 06:24 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Funny, I was just thinking about velcro and cockleburrs this morning. When I was raising horses those beastly plants drove me wild. Just try to get a 6" thick matt of them out of a horse's mane or tail without breaking the hair! Cooking oil helped.

May 06, 2019 08:11 PM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Great post... “Learn from nature. See how everything gets accomplished and how the miracle of life unfolds without dissatisfaction or unhappiness.”~ Eckhart Tolle~

May 06, 2019 08:34 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Interesting facts. I need some of that special glass to discourage birds from flying into windows! Lynn

May 06, 2019 08:35 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I love nature and enjoy it immensely, especially working in the garden in the early hours of the day even before the sunrise

May 07, 2019 04:24 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Loving these comments. We'll be visiting your blog posts soon to see what you're writing about lately. D

May 07, 2019 11:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nardo, this is an awesome post!  I am nominating this to the The Lumberjack Society post of the month club!  Cheers! Ron

May 07, 2019 02:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I always enjoy reading your blog posts because your theme on nature always resonates with me. Nature is my passion and educator. There is always something to learn.

Congratulations on your Feature. I could only wish to be as good of a blogger and writer like you. But being me is all I have and I must settle for who I am. You embody the spirit and creativity of ActiveRain. 

I am thankful to read your posts and know you as a result of ActiveRain.

May 08, 2019 08:00 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, how did I miss this wonderful post? I was sitting on my porch earlier just listening to the birds and thought how many people can be doing the same and wouldn't even hear them. We are too busy with ourselves forget to spend time with nature. Thank you for writing such a baeautiful post.

May 09, 2019 05:17 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great info!

May 10, 2019 05:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie:

What a fascinating and enjoyable read this was. I learned a few things, ncluding a new word!!


May 11, 2019 03:04 PM