Nature Journaling with Kids

Tips for starting a journaling practice

Below you’ll find some tips for when you’re just getting started sharing the joy of nature journaling with the youth in your life. It’s focused on teaching middle school-aged kids, but can easily be modified for younger or older audiences. Keeping a nature journal is a time-honored tradition, practiced throughout history; from the ancient Greeks […]

The Water-Ouzel

A story by John Muir John Muir’s favorite bird was the ‘ Water-Ouzel’, better known nowadays as the American Dipper, to which he devoted an entire chapter of his book The Mountains of California, published in 1894. The dipper is also my favorite bird of forested mountain streams, so I created this audio-visual reading of Muir’s […]

National Orchid Day

 Celebrate Orchids on April 16th Contrary to popular belief, wild orchids are not confined to the wet and steamy tropics but are found from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle. I’ve been lucky to see native orchids throughout the US, from Alaska to Florida, but also in Mexico, the Caribbean, Honduras, and Borneo. I’ve created this […]

Nature Sketching Workshops

I’ll be returning for the fourth year in a row to the beautiful west side of the Cascades for the 39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival. Join me for free one-hour sketching workshops at this beautiful park in the temperate rainforest of the Willamette Valley.

Where: Silverton, Oregon
Dates: May 13 and 14, 2017
More info: Silver Falls State Park website


Date: May 13, 2017—May 14, 2017
Event: Silver Falls State Park Workshops
Public: Public

“In the end, we will conserve only what we lovewe will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” 

Baba Dioum, 1968

Can’t Travel? Do This Instead!

Cure the travel bug with these quick fixes Sometimes we just can’t embark on an exotic adventure, I get it. I spent four years barely leaving my hometown’s county during the time I was taking care of my father, who suffered from dementia.  We all have reasons; both real and imagined for why we can’t […]

All About Giraffes

Story inspired by #AprilTheGiraffe

Interesting Facts About Giraffe A resource for facts about giraffes, a giraffe coloring page, and links to learn more about giraffes in the wild. A Famous Giraffe Named April Like millions of people around the world, I patiently watched a pregnant giraffe for nearly two months!   Her name is April and she lives at New York’s […]

Tips on Identifying Warblers

Identifying Those Pesky Warblers! Includes a downloadable Warbler Identification Infographic and a step-by-step video on how to sketch warblers. One of the most challenging bird families to identify are the Parulidae; known as wood-warblers or simply warblers. Many, like the Yellow-rumped Warbler flit about high in the canopy for which birders acquire ‘warbler neck’ from straining upwards […]

Adventures in Mexico

  A surprisingly different itinerary and a fresh perspective When my partner and I are planning a trip to Mexico, we aren’t dreaming about palm-lined beaches and stiff margaritas –  though we may enjoy both from time to time 😉 No, we’re planning our days around watching the antics of the colorful endemic birds, hiking the […]