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 with Kids

Tips for starting a journaling practice

Below you’ll find some tips for when you’re just getting started sharing the joy of nature journaling with the youth in your life. It’s focused on teaching middle school-aged kids, but can easily be modified for younger or older audiences. Keeping a nature journal is a time-honored tradition, practiced throughout history; from the ancient Greeks […]

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

Story inspired by #AprilTheGiraffe

Interesting Facts About Giraffe A resource for facts about giraffes, a giraffe coloring page, and links to learn more about giraffes in the wild. A Famous Giraffe Named April Like millions of people around the world, I patiently watched a pregnant giraffe for nearly two months!   Her name is April and she lives at New York’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

A New Era Dawns in America

  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 I’ve ever expressed is to vote every four years. But with this new administration, […]