In Celebration of Rhinos!

It’s World Rhinoceros Day! We set aside September 22 as World Rhinoceros Day to take a moment to learn about these impressive animals and the threats they face. Rhinoceros are at risk of extinction throughout their range, especially from poachers who hunt them for their horn with the false belief that it has medicinal qualities. […]

Bird Coloring Pages for Kids

Celebrating National Audubon Day

Today is John James Audubon’s birthday; and thus, National Audubon Day. Born April 26th, 1785, he is best remembered as a bird naturalist, author, and illustrator, whose book The Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. He has certainly been an inspiration in my own life, as I pursue similar passions. […]

Nature journaling for all ages

Tips for starting a journaling practice

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 governing the natural world. But we are now learning about its many secondary benefits, which have […]

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 of forested mountain streams, so I created this audio-visual reading of Muir’s […]

Can’t Travel? Do This Instead!

Cure the travel bug with these quick fixes Sometimes we just can’t embark on an exotic adventure, I get it. I spent four years barely leaving my hometown’s county during the time I was taking care of my father, who suffered from dementia.  We all have reasons; both real and imagined for why we can’t […]

All About Giraffes

Celebrating World Giraffe Day on June 21st

Interesting Facts About Giraffe A resource for facts about giraffes, a giraffe coloring page, and links to learn more about giraffes in the wild. Giraffe Coloring Page In honor of World Giraffe Day, I have created a coloring page that you are free to download and enjoy. It is loosely based on what a Reticulated […]

Tips on Identifying Warblers

Identifying Those Pesky Warblers! Includes a downloadable Warbler Identification Infographic and a step-by-step video on how to sketch warblers. One of the most challenging bird families to identify are the Parulidae; known as wood-warblers or simply warblers. Many, like the Yellow-rumped Warbler flit about high in the canopy for which birders acquire ‘warbler neck’ from straining upwards […]

How to Pack,Plan, and Prep for Adventure!

It’s exciting to board a plane for a new adventure…but the planning and packing during the month before? Not so much. Personally, I’d rather focus on learning the difference between the tanagers of Peru than fret about whether I’d remembered to renew my passport or was current on my vaccines. If you’ve ever left your […]

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 childhood collecting grasshoppers, fireflies and crawdads in the meadows and rivers of […]

The Industrious Beaver

A story I wrote while conducting research in the Colorado Rockies Each evening at dusk I take a stroll to burn off dinner in hopes of having room for dessert. Tonight I crossed a bridge over the East River and followed a tributary upstream. I soon happened upon a small pond, then a larger pond, and […]