Nature’s Fireworks Fireflies!

Join me in celebration of ‘nature’s fireworks’; the firefly! Fireflies aren’t flies at all, but glow-in-the-dark beetles of which there are nearly 2,200 species! They go by many nicknames include lightning bugs, lightning beetles, firefly beetles, glow flies, golden...
The Dragonflies of Summer

The Dragonflies of Summer

In my mind, no insect denotes ‘summer’ more than our friend, the dragonfly, who patrols his territory and catches smaller insects for dinner over your favorite swimming hole at the height of the season. The darner family of dragonflies is among the...
All About Giraffes

All About Giraffes

In honor of  World Giraffe Day and Endangered Species Day, I’ve assembled some facts and resources on giraffe biology, ecology, anatomy, and conservation. You’ll also find here a giraffe coloring page I’ve designed for kids. What Giraffe Look Like...

Learn with a Naturalist

The Value of Field Sketching: Video Replay The video below is from a live event hosted by Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry in which I was interviewed about the values I find in a field sketching practice for educators and naturalists....
World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

Resources to learn more about the ocean In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 8th would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. In celebration of World Oceans Day, I’ve written some natural history stories about sea...
Endangered Species Spotlight

Endangered Species Spotlight

Shining a Spotlight on Threatened and Endangered Species Below are some stories I’ve written about a diverse array of our planet’s threatened and endangered species in observance of both Endangered Species Day and International Day for Biological...
Celebrate Tapirs!

Celebrate Tapirs!

April 27th is World Tapir Day Tapirs are large, primitive mammals that you’ve likely never heard of. They look a bit like a hodge-podge of other animals with a round, thick body, short legs, a small stub tail and most notably, a prehensile nose.   They’re often...
John James Audubon

John James Audubon

John James Audubon John James Audubon was one of the world’s most acclaimed ornithologists and bird artists, known best for his studies and illustrations of North American birds in their natural habitat. As a bird artist myself, I’ve always been fascinated...
Celebrating John Muir

Celebrating John Muir

Happy Birthday John Muir! In celebration of John Muir’s birthday, April 21st, 1838, I’ve created some images of a few quotes from his writings.    Resources for learning more about John Muir The Sierra Club’s John Muir Exhibit Visit the John Muir...
Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was created in 1970 to gain traction for the grassroots environmental awareness movement. Public concern over protecting our planet was still in its infancy during this time prior to environmental regulation,...