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

Spooky Facts About Vultures The vulture has few predators. Its most common defensive tactic is to hurl projectile vomit at his adversary and fly away. Vultures can digest meat in any stage of decay, and withstand diseases that would kill any other creature. Vultures...
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...
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...
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...
How to Draw Hummingbirds

How to Draw Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are a diverse and fascinating family, with the important ecological role as pollinators, especially in the tropics where both flowering plants and hummers reach their greatest biological diversity.  In North America, hummingbirds visit and pollinate such...
A Black-headed Grosbeak Nest

A Black-headed Grosbeak Nest

The Black-headed Grosbeak is a handsome bird with a lovely melodious song that I never tire of listening to. In spring these birds return from their wintering grounds in Central America to nest in the western half of North America. Their strong bill helps them to...
Bird Coloring Pages for Kids

Bird Coloring Pages for Kids

Below you’ll find some of my bird-themed coloring pages and step-by-step bird sketching pages that I’ve designed over the years for use in working with children, who learn best by doing. Feel free to download and copy them for your nonprofit educational...
The Water-Ouzel

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...