Nature of Costa Rica

Nature of Costa Rica

Stories about the flora and fauna I am observing in Costa Rica from July to September, 2019.  Frogs, Fabulous Frogs August 12, 2019. When one conjures up images of rainforest frogs, the Red­-eyed Leaf Frog might come to mind first.  Like the Keel-billed Toucan, this...
All About Giraffes

All About Giraffes

In honor of  World Giraffe 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 -Giraffe are even-toed...
In Celebration of Moths

In Celebration of Moths

Let’s learn some fun facts about moths in celebration of National Moth Week as well as National Pollinator Week!. Moths don’t get the respect and attention they deserve, overshadowed by their more colorful and day-flying relatives, the butterflies. But...
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...
How to ID Warblers

How to ID Warblers

Identifying Those Pesky Warblers! One of the more challenging bird families to identify are the Parulidae; or wood-warblers. Many, like the common Yellow-rumped Warbler flit about high in the canopy for which birders acquire ‘warbler neck’ from straining upwards to...
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...