Tips on Identifying Warblers

Tips on Identifying Warblers

Identifying Those Pesky Warblers! With spring migration in full swing, as well as Global Big Day and International Migratory Bird Day coming up, this is a good time to learn (or review), our new world warblers. One of the most challenging bird families to identify are...
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...

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...

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...

America Speaks Up!

As a scientist and environmental educator, I feel that I must add my two-cents to the November 2016 election results. There’s just too much at stake. I’ve never been a ‘political’ person, and I’m ashamed to admit that the only voice...
How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

Learn how to make a spore print If you would love to learn to identify and even possibly consume wild mushrooms, then making a print in order to determine their spore color is an essential activity to complete.  Making spore prints is a really fun activity to do with...
A Letter of Gratitude

A Letter of Gratitude

A thank you note to my nature loving audience   As Thanksgiving approaches I’m feeling full of gratitude; for my life, health, and for you, my loyal readers. You’re the bee’s knees, the petunia’s petals and the Solitaire’s song. Your enthusiasm for the nature and...

My Manifesto

My Manifesto I wholeheartedly believe: Getting stung by a jellyfish or bitten by a leech is a small price to pay for experiencing the raw beauty of wild nature. I would rather spend a day out hiking or skinny dipping than going to a mall. I think insects and snakes...
A Natural History Cabinet of Curiosities

A Natural History Cabinet of Curiosities

A recent inventory of my Cabinet of Curiosity As an artist and naturalist, I’m an inveterate collector of dead things cast off by the living. Many of life’s most beautiful objects were once alive and are just as beautiful and intriguing when not. My home is like one...