Prehistoric: WILD ART 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 August Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “PREHISTORIC”. Each month, I am going to focus on two pieces – one highlighting flora, the other highlighting fauna. This month, I focused on two species, one commonly found along beaches and the …

Kenyan Endangered Species and Their Challenges

Happy “Wild About Wildlife” Month! Throughout July, we celebrate the amazing wildlife species found on this incredible planet (although hopefully you’re thinking about them and making decisions that positively impact them throughout the whole year). Anyway, right now, let’s highlight some of my favorite animals: African Savannah species! In the spring of 2021, I had …

Leave The Weeds – Love the Pollinators!

Did you know that this week is Pollinator Week? This is a week (although it’s a Pollinator Month as well!) where Pollinator Protections are passed, local municipalities put out Pollinator Proclamations, and Pollinator-Themed activities and events happen. This is a fantastic time to learn more about local pollinators and about their importance, BUT…. pollinators need …

Spring Cleaning is for the birds

Every winter, I sit inside with my hot cocoa, watching Netflix, working on my art, or playing games. Each winter, I sit inside SURROUNDED by all of the clutter and dust. Each spring, I get so tired of it that I HAVE to do something about it! I create bags and boxes to take to …

Explore the World of Birds this Winter

For myself, I find that as the summer turns into fall and the fall gives way to winter, my photography switches from primarily pollinators and lush green plants to the textures of dying flower seed heads and birds! Birds hang around my garden, flit through the tree farm in my backyard, and of course the …

Explore the Gallery: Scientific & Botanical Illustrations

Marissa Jacobs, of The Art of Ecology, is primarily known as a nature and ecological photographer, however she also leads Botanical Illustration Workshops and is in the process of fully illustrating a book about pollinator morphology (projected to be available in early winter 2021)! Below is a sample of her illustration work. A portion of …

Happy Water Quality Month!

It’s August and that means that it’s National Water Quality Month! While we all know that clean drinking water is important and that clean bodies of water will help provide clean water for drinking – many are unaware how the plants along stream banks, in areas called riparian zones, or aquatic and wetland plants impact …

Celebrating the Longest Neck on the Longest Day: Happy World Giraffe Day!

The Summer Solstice also marks a special day to me – World Giraffe Day! This day was created by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to raise awareness about and celebrate this vulnerable and endangered species. Did you know that Giraffes are considered a Keystone Species? This means that giraffes are an animal that impact the …

Happy International Day of Biodiversity!

If you’re here on my site or have participated in any of my events before, my guess is that you love the plants and animals of the world! Today, we celebrate the amazing flora & fauna of the world as well as raise awareness of the importance that maintaining biodiversity has. Helping a wide variety …

American Goldfinch vs. Climate Change

For my most recent course with National Geographic, I was learned all about Teaching Climate Change and Scientific Modeling – which was absolutely fascinating! Despite having a degree in Wildlife Conservation and therefore taking so many classes that talked about the implications of human-caused climate change, there was still plenty to learn! The goal of …