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...
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...
In Celebration of Vultures

In Celebration of Vultures

A Face Only a Mother Could Love? Vultures may not be considered beautiful by most, but they play a vital role in the ecosystem. They are truly the garbage men and recycling team of nature. They help prevent diseases from being spread by dead animals by stripping their...
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...
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...