While we may first think of these tiny creatures as garden pests, snails are very important members of the ecosystem and should be valued! Malacology, or the study of snails, has shown us how snails play a role in efficient decomposition and providing vital nutrients for animals that eat them. Snails eat leaves - yes,… Continue reading Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.
Not everyone who likes science, or finds it fascinating, is a scientist - and there's nothing wrong with that! Science makes up the world around us, from the animals, to the microorganisms, and how they all interact with their environment, to how our own human lives work! I have a science degree and loved my… Continue reading Everyone can be a scientist – Here’s how!
Cardinals are a common sight at winter bird feeders. These are commonly ground feeders and can pick up what other birds have discarded. Birds are amazing - and if you read my previous winter bird blog, you'll know that birds can definitely take care of themselves, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't feed them… Continue reading Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter
For a while now, it has been my super unrealistic goal of becoming a National Geographic Photographer. While I am competing with so many extremely talented photographers all over the world who have access to more “interesting” subjects, better equipment, and have more experience, you gotta have goals, right? Much to my surprise and delight,… Continue reading National Geographic Educator Certification – Another Reflection
Did you know that September 6th is National "Read a Book Day"? This is exciting to me! Honestly, I have gained so much knowledge by reading books (granted - not ones assigned for reading assignments in high school or college...) about nature, animals, and ecology, so I wanted to share them with you! If you're… Continue reading #ReadABookDay
I originally went to school for Veterinary Surgery and wanted to focus on marine mammals, but life (as it does) got the best of me and I ended up pursuing a different path - obviously - of wildlife management & conservation with a focus in media. Since graduating, I have learned so much about wildlife… Continue reading My Top 10 Reasons to Conserve Wildlife
As a Conservation Photographer who finds the interconnection of life fascinating, I try to reflect that passion in my work. I created my "Heart & Soul" project to depict this interconnection. Heart & Soul shows the blend of an animal and it's ideal habitat, or where the animal's heart and soul belong, through image overlays.… Continue reading “Heart & Soul” – A Photo Project Looking at Animal/Habitat Relationships
Recently, my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Greece! As both of us are in the environmental field (he's an arborist - or Tree Doctor), we were both very excited to experience a new ecosystem! Yes - that is what we were excited for. Yes - we are nerds. One of the best… Continue reading Doctor Fish, Sulfur Water, and More – all at Vouliagmeni Lake!
Fun fact for the day - Did you know that my name, Marissa, means "Of the sea" in Latin? I have fond memories of going to the beach with my parents and jumping waves with my dad. I walked along the beach; fascinated by shells. As an elementary school student, I remember going to aquariums… Continue reading Soooo… You may have noticed I love the ocean! Why might that be?
Pollinators, the little critters that are responsible for providing us with roughly one-third of our food, are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, so 11 years ago, the US Senate designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness and address this issue. To find a Pollinator related… Continue reading Pollinator Week 2018