Adventures in Ecuador

Tales of Birdwatching and Sketching on the Equator Tandayapa Bird Lodge Review 2020 I had the pleasure of staying at Tandayapa Bird Lodge for almost two weeks to enjoy some much-needed peaceful solitude.  As its name suggests, there are many species of birds to...
How to Sketch Owls

How to Sketch Owls

All About Owls and How to Sketch Them Watch below the replay of a live, online, interactive presentation on the Barn Owl that I taught in association with the conservation organization BirdsCaribbean. In the workshop, I share fascinating facts about these raptors and...
Migratory Bird Day

Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day In the Western Hemisphere, more than one billion birds and over 200 species migrate in the spring and fall, traveling either north and south in latitude or upslope and downslope in elevation to access the best resources, especially the most...
In Celebration of Vultures

In Celebration of Vultures

International Vulture Awareness Day Each year the first Saturday in September is set aside as International Vulture Awareness Day. So I’d like to share some fascinating facts about these much-maligned but vitally important birds and showcase some of my favorite...
Caribbean Hummingbirds

Caribbean Hummingbirds

We are celebrating the month-long virtual Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival with a presentation co-hosted by Christine Elder and Lisa Sorenson, the executive director of the conservation organization, BirdsCaribbean. Watch the webinar replay below and get your pencils...
John James Audubon

John James Audubon

John James Audubon John James Audubon was one of the world’s most acclaimed ornithologists and bird artists, known best for his studies and illustrations of North American birds in their natural habitat. As a bird artist myself, I’ve always been fascinated...
Drawing Bluebirds

Drawing Bluebirds

Learn to Sketch a Bluebird Follow along to the videos below and download your sketching cheat sheets and soon you’ll be well on your way to sketching bluebirds and other songbirds with ease and confidence. Enjoy! Download the Mountain Bluebird Sketching...
A Birding Big Day

A Birding Big Day

Sketching My Way to a Birder’s Big Day While spending the month of August 2019 birdwatching in Costa Rica at Rancho Naturalista, I had time to read in the evenings since the days are short in the tropics. I found a well-worn copy of Birding Without Borders...
Identifying Warblers

Identifying Warblers

Identifying Those Pesky Warblers! One of the more challenging bird families to identify are the Parulidae; or wood-warblers. Many, like the common Yellow-rumped Warbler flit about high in the canopy for which birders acquire ‘warbler neck’ from straining upwards to...
The Water Ouzel

The Water Ouzel

John Muir’s description of The Water-Ouzel One might think that California’s most treasured naturalist; John Muir, who was instrumental in founding the Sierra Club and inspiring the establishment of the National Park Service, would count as his favorite...