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...
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...
Migratory Bird Day

Migratory Bird Day

In the Western Hemisphere, more than one billion birds and over 200 species migrate in the spring and fall, traveling either north and south in latitude or upslope and downslope in elevation to access the best resources, especially the most abundant food. In the...
Celebrate Seahorses!

Celebrate Seahorses!

What’s So Special About Seahorses? With the head of a horse, the eyes of a chameleon and the tail of a monkey, it’s no wonder seahorses have captured our imagination for millennia. Cultures have memorialized them worldwide, from 8,000-year-old cave paintings in...
Celebrate Tapirs!

Celebrate Tapirs!

Tapirs are large, primitive mammals. 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 mistaken for anteaters, wild hogs, or even hippos, but are most...
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

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...
The Water Ouzel

The Water Ouzel

John Muir’s description of The Water-Ouzel One might think that California’s most treasured naturalist; John Muir, who was instrumental in founding the Sierra Club and inspiring the establishment of the National Park Service, would count as his favorite...
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...