It’s World Pangolin Day

In the last decade, it is estimated that over 1 million pangolins were poached from the wild.  World Pangolin Day, on February 17th, is a good time to reflect on this incredibly unique and endangered mammal. Fascinating Pangolin Facts One adult pangolin consumes an average of 70 million insects in one year – great pest […]

Fabulous Frogs

April is National Frog Month! Resources to learn more about frogs Link to amphibian educational materials Threats to Frogs  The video below introduces a new movie by the folks at Frog Rescue and Jonathan Kolby, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who is studying threatened frogs in remote regions of the world. Learn more about his […]

A Black-headed Grosbeak Nest

The Black-headed Grosbeak is a handsome bird with a lovely melodious song that I never tire of listening to. In spring these birds return from their wintering grounds in Central America to nest in the western half of North America. We’ve been watching this pair since May as they built their nest in a healthy stand of […]

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 […]

National 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 the role bats play in nature. One important reason […]

Celebrate Orchids!

Contrary to popular belief, wild orchids are not confined to the wet and steamy tropics but are found from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle. Below you’ll find a slideshow of wild orchids, a video tutorial about orchid flower anatomy and how to sketch them, and some of my favorite tips on growing orchids. I’ve been […]

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 […]

How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

Learn how to make a spore print If you would love to learn to identify and even possible consume wild mushrooms, then making a print in order to determine their spore color is an essential activity to complete.  Making spore prints is a really fun activity to do with kids and some prints are even pretty […]