March 21st is International Day of Forests, set aside by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
When one imagines the word forest, you might first conjure images of tropical rain forests, but there are so many more! In North America, we have the Temperate Deciduous Forest, Conifer Forest, and Bald Cypress Swamp Forest to name just a few.
Some examples of forests of Central and South America include Lowland Rainforest and high-elevation Cloud Forests. Eurasia’s vast forest expanses include northern Spruce-Fire Taiga and Deciduous Forests to the south.
Asia has Temperate Bamboo Forest, Indo-Malayan Mangrove Forest and Moist Deciduous Forest. Australia boasts Gondwanan Conifer Forests, Sclerophyll Forest and Rainforest and New Zealand’s Beach Forest.
And last, but not least – Africa’s rainforests and Madagascar’s Spiny Forest with their classic baobab trees. These are just a few of the many forest types, and we aren’t even including the more dry, open forests like oak woodlands!
Indeed, tropical rainforests are some of the most well-known and endangered. I happen to have been lucky to travel to many of them, from the steamy forests of Borneo to the cloud forests of Peru, so I have created many stories and workshops for your viewing pleasure.
FLORA AND FAUNA of the RAINFORESTS
Below you’ll find my favorite stories I’ve written and sketching workshop videos to watch on flora and fauna that reside in the world’s rainforests; a forest habitat that is among the world’s most important and endangered.
- Carnivorous Plants
- Dart Frogs
- Tree Frogs
- Flying Foxes
- Heliconia Flowers
- Tropical Hummingbirds
- Caribbean Hummingbirds
LEARN MORE ABOUT RAINFORESTS
Below you’ll find a list of some organizations that are working to protect rainforests around the world.
- International Day of Forests
- World Rainforest Day
- World Land Trust
- Amazon Conservation Association
- Rainforest Action Network
- Rainforest Trust
- Rainforest Alliance
ONLINE SKETCHING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOP
You may enjoy watching the recording of an online nature sketching event where I share fascinating facts about rainforests of the world and then I’ll lead you through a step-by-step drawing demonstration where we will sketch of a variety of rainforest creatures including bugs, frogs, birds, and mammals.
RAINFOREST CREATURES ON YOUTUBE
Watch my videos on YouTube of some flora and fauna that I’ve seen and sketched in rainforests.
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