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,...
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 Industrious Beaver

The Industrious Beaver

Celebrating International Beaver Day! In honor of  International Beaver Day, here’s a story I wrote about beavers I observed 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...
Fabulous Frogs

Fabulous Frogs

It’s World Frog Day! March 20th is the date we observe World Frog Day. When one conjures up images of rainforest frogs, the Red­-eyed Leaf Frog may come to mind first.  Like the Keel-billed Toucan, this frog has been seen so often in advertising, merchandise,...
Butterfly vs Moth

Butterfly vs Moth

Celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day on March 14th Discover the many differences between butterflies and moths Many folks have a hard time distinguishing between butterflies and moths.  As members of the Class Insecta, butterflies and moths share the common traits of...
Alligator Courtship

Alligator Courtship

Amazing Mating Behaviors of the American Alligator The alligator is a rare success story of a species that was saved from extinction and is now thriving thanks to habitat conservation, legal protection, and efforts to reduce the demand for alligator products....
World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day

Celebrating Wildlife World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd and the theme for 2020 is “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity. The event was created...
World Pangolin Day

World Pangolin Day

World Pangolin Day is observed on the 3rd Saturday of February each year and so it’s a good time to reflect on this incredibly unique and endangered mammal. Sadly, pangolins are the most illegally traded wild mammals on the planet. They are poached for their...
Mushroom Spore Prints

Mushroom Spore Prints

A fun, easy, and educational activity Autumn is a great time to go mushroom hunting with the arrival of the season’s rain showers. If you’re keen to identify those species you find, it’s helpful to know the color of their spores. If you would love to...
A Birding Big Day

A Birding Big Day

Sketching My Way to a Birder’s Big Day While spending the month of August 2019 birdwatching in Costa Rica at Rancho Naturalista, I had time to read in the evenings since the days are short in the tropics. I found a well-worn copy of Birding Without Borders...