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...
How to Draw a Macaw

How to Draw a Macaw

Let’s Draw a Military Macaw! I created this fun step-by-step guide to drawing a Military Macaw as part of my volunteer work in Mexico. The conservation organization, Macaws Forever, will use this in their educational programs in local communities. Feel free to...
Birdwatching Tour Blogs

Birdwatching Tour Blogs

I have been blessed to travel frequently; working as a naturalist and bird watching tour co-leader, seeking out such exotic species as Whooping Cranes in Texas, King Eiders in Alaska, Toucans in Honduras and Hornbills in Borneo.   Visit my birdwatching travel blogs...
Caribbean Birds Coloring Book

Caribbean Birds Coloring Book

PUBLISHED APRIL 2020! I’m honored to have collaborated with BirdsCaribbean, the leading bird conservation organization in the Caribbean, to create the Endemic Birds of the West Indies Coloring Book, which features 50 out of the 175 endemic bird species of the...
How to Sketch a Warbler

How to Sketch a Warbler

Step-by-step tutorials on sketching warblers The many benefits of sketching birds in the field As you may know, I’m a big proponent of learning about form and function through the practice of sketching.No matter if you tell yourself you can’t draw a straight line or...
A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a field biologist, you may enjoy this story I wrote about my time spent assisting with an endangered bird survey conducted in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. Near the Summer Solstice, I...
Bird Sketching Tutorials

Bird Sketching Tutorials

Learn easy techniques for sketching birds I love teaching folks how to sketch birds, both at live workshops and online with my easy tutorials. Watch the videos below and download the helpful handouts on sketching birds. Sketching Birds Workshop Videos How to...
Quick Tips for Sketching Backyard Birds

Quick Tips for Sketching Backyard Birds

The tips below are geared towards birdwatchers of any age and skill level, although the practice of bird sketching can be especially useful for new birders in serving to strengthen your identification skills. Keep in mind that you are drawing from real life, not...