Spooky Nature Facts About Vultures

They may not be beautiful, but vultures play a vital role in keeping disease in check. They do so by stripping carcasses quickly and efficiently. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! I consider vultures to be endlessly fascinating in their habits and lifestyles. They are truly the garbage men and recycling team […]

My Favorite Fish Recipe

How to cook Trapani-style salt-encrusted trout

Since I love sketching and I love cooking, what better way to combine the two than to cook what I sketch? So, recently, when I created a fish sketching tutorial using a fresh trout I’d purchased from the local fish monger, I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I decided to cook the […]

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 […]

Caribbean Birds Coloring Book

Inspiring children to know & protect their avian friends Download the Barbuda Warbler Coloring Page I’m honored to be collaborating with BirdsCaribbean, the leading bird conservation organization in the Caribbean. We’re creating a children’s book (working title: Endemic Birds of the West Indies Coloring Book) that will be distributed throughout the islands. Below, you’ll find some of the initial drafts of the […]

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a field biologist, you may enjoy this story I wrote about my time spent assisting with an endangered bird survey conducted in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. Last June, near the Summer Solstice, I joined a team of field ornithologists conducting a survey of the Willow Flycatcher, a […]

Quick Tips for Sketching Backyard Birds

The tips below are geared towards birdwatchers of any age and skill level, although the practice of bird sketching can be especially useful for new birders in serving to strengthen your identification skills. Keep in mind that you are drawing from real life, not aiming for the precision and quality you see in the birding field […]