Bat Appreciation Day

Bat Appreciation Day

Celebrate Bats on April 17th National Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17th.  April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. National Bat Appreciation Day is also an excellent time to learn about...
Celebrate Orchids!

Celebrate Orchids!

National Orchid Day April 16th is designated as National Orchid Day in the United States. Below you’ll find information about orchids of North America and the world, unique characteristics of the orchid family, a slideshow of orchids from my trip to the tropical...
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...
In Celebration of Moths

In Celebration of Moths

Let’s learn some fun facts about moths in celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 18-24) and National Moth Week (July 21-28, 2018). Moths don’t get the respect and attention they deserve, overshadowed by their more colorful and day-flying relatives,...
Bioluminescent Footprints, Oh My!

Bioluminescent Footprints, Oh My!

A Glow in the Dark Sea Creature Next time an evening stroll takes you to the seashore, your wet footprints may surprise you by glowing in the dark! Though many marine organisms have the ability to glow, called bioluminescence, it’s likely that the single-celled...
The Mighty Bluefin Tuna

The Mighty Bluefin Tuna

In honor of World Oceans Day, I’d like to share some fascinating biology facts, as well as conservation issues surrounding the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Bluefin Tuna Conservation Challenges There are 3 species of Bluefin Tuna including the Atlantic, Southern, and...

Happy Love A Tree Day!

May 16th is designated as Love A Tree Day! How are you celebrating it? I’m sharing a few images of favorite trees I’ve met in my travels to Peru, Honduras, Mexico, Borneo, Sicily and the Pacific...
World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day

Events and Online Resources for Learning about Migratory Birds In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, Christine will be teaching free bird sketching workshops at the 40th Annual  Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, located near scenic...

Inspirational Quotes

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir “In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these...
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...