In Celebration of Rhinos!

In Celebration of Rhinos!

It’s World Rhinoceros Day! World Rhinoceros Day is celebrated on September 22 each year. Let’s take a moment to learn about these impressive animals and the threats they face. Rhinoceros are at risk of extinction throughout their range, especially from...

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...

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...

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...

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...
All About the Giraffe of Africa

All About the Giraffe of Africa

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...

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...

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...
How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

Learn how to make a spore print If you would love to learn to identify and even possibly 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...
A Natural History Cabinet of Curiosities

A Natural History Cabinet of Curiosities

A recent inventory of my Cabinet of Curiosity As an artist and naturalist, I’m an inveterate collector of dead things cast off by the living. Many of life’s most beautiful objects were once alive and are just as beautiful and intriguing when not. My home is like one...