Batty About Bats!

Batty About Bats!

In Celebration of Bats Bats are so cool, there are two holidays honoring them: Bat Appreciation Day on April 17th and  International Bat Week from October 24-31, so here are some spooky, but true, facts about bats of the world! •Flying foxes (seen above and below) are...
The Industrious Beaver

The Industrious Beaver

Celebrating International Beaver Day on April 7th! An estimated 60 to 400 million beavers once lived in North America, but the European demand for beaver pelts for clothing, most notably hats, almost drove the mammal to extinction by the mid-19th century. Where I live...
Creative Healing

Creative Healing

If you’ve known me for a while you probably know I’m a pretty straight forward, pragmatic, practical, sort of gal who doesn’t go in for woo-woo things. However, events of 2019 shook me to my core and inspired me to reevaluate my relationship to my art and new roles it...
A Letter of Gratitude

A Letter of Gratitude

A thank you note to my nature-loving audience As the holidays approach I’m feeling full of gratitude; for my life, health, and for you, my loyal readers and students. You’re the bee’s knees, the petunia’s petals and the solitaire’s song. Your enthusiasm for the nature...
Mushroom Spore Prints

Mushroom Spore Prints

A fun, easy, and educational activity Autumn is a great time to go mushroom hunting with the arrival of the season’s rain showers. If you’re keen to identify those species you find, it’s helpful to know the color of their spores. If you would love to...
Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Have you ever been traveling and noticed a person completely engrossed in the activity of journaling, perhaps with a somewhat dreamy expression on her face, and seemingly oblivious to the chaos around her? Perhaps you said to yourself “I should try that on my next...
Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

What Are Carnivorous Plants? Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants; their diversity, ecology, and distribution, then watch a video I made about my favorite species from Malaysia! Carnivorous plants are species that attract, catch and digest animal prey....
Rewards of Nature Journaling

Rewards of Nature Journaling

Keeping a nature journal is a time-honored tradition, practiced throughout history; from the ancient Greeks to naturalists like Darwin, Audubon and Muir. Traditionally, its main purpose was to keep a record of one’s observations to learn about the principles governing...
Adventures in Mexico

Adventures in Mexico

  A surprisingly different itinerary and a fresh perspective When  I’m  planning a trip to Mexico, I’m not dreaming about palm-lined beaches and stiff margaritas –  though I may enjoy both from time to time 😉 No, I’m planning our days around...

Alaska in Winter

We visited Nome, Alaska in December for the Christmas Bird Count and to give workshops for the University. Here’s a little movie about our...