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....
Batty About Bats!

Batty About Bats!

Celebrating International Bat Week It’s 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 world’s largest bats, with a wingspan of up to 6 feet! Though...
Nature of Costa Rica

Nature of Costa Rica

Stories about the flora and fauna I am observing in Costa Rica from July to September, 2019.  In Search of Quetzals August 30, 2019. I was treated to a morning birdwatching in the field with guide Jorge Serrano Salazar from Paraiso Quetzal Lodge to search out a very...
Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day began almost 50 years ago, in April of 1970. Conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was created to gain traction for the grassroots environmental awareness movement. Public concern over protecting our planet was still in its infancy...
Nature journaling for all ages

Nature journaling for all ages

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

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...
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...

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin​​​​​​​

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s Birthday Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who forever changed our view of life on earth, was born on February 12, 1809. Like Darwin, I was a shy and quiet child, with an insatiable curiosity for the natural world, spending my...