Adaptations, Identification, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Skin may be different- but that’s not bad!

The amount of diversity in this world is absolutely amazing! There are so many skin tones, hair colors (mine is blue and will be purple in a few days...), eye colors, heights, shapes.... you get it - this list could go on and on... Did you know that there is even MORE diversity in the… Continue reading Skin may be different- but that’s not bad!

Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Work With Nature – Not Against It!

There was a quote written on the whiteboard of one of the places I worked at saying “Gardening is man wrestling with nature.” This seems rather counter-intuitive though, to me. If we are gardening, aren’t we trying to add more nature to the nature that’s already in place? Shouldn’t we work with it not against… Continue reading Work With Nature – Not Against It!

Backyard Habitats, conservation, Gardening, Health, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

How often do you bathe…. forest bathe?

Have you ever bathed in sunlight? Doesn't it make you feel great, no matter your previous mood? There's actually a scientific reason for this improved mood - spending time outside in nature is proven to increase general health and well-being; physically and mentally! For years, the Japanese have been studying the effects that nature has… Continue reading How often do you bathe…. forest bathe?

Animals, Backyard Habitats, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Special Conservation Designated Events, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Pollinator Week 2018

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

Animals, Backyard Habitats, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Butterflies: How to Add Extra Color to Your Garden

Gardening season is upon us! I for one absolutely love having as much color surrounding me as possible, so naturally, I plant a variety of vividly colored flowering plants, but why stop there? Why not garden for vividly colored wildlife as well? Butterflies, even the caterpillars, are vital parts of the ecosystem and making your… Continue reading Butterflies: How to Add Extra Color to Your Garden

Backyard Habitats, Climate Change, conservation, Gardening, Plants, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

How much water is ACTUALLY available for our use?

It’s nearing summer and a lot of us are thinking about making our gardens beautiful, bbq-ing, and heading to the beach or pool! What do these all have to do with nature? They all consume an extraordinary amount of water - something that is a valuable resource! Yes, water naturally recycles itself through the water… Continue reading How much water is ACTUALLY available for our use?

Animals, birds, conservation, Flowers, Plants, The Art of Ecology, weather

Of Being a Christian AND Scientist – A look at God’s hand in nature.

As a Christian, I find God’s creation absolutely amazing. In fact, this is why I started my studies in biology and science in the first place and guess what - I can see God’s hand at work in all of nature, life, and yes, science. In Job 38-39, God humbles Job by explaining to Job… Continue reading Of Being a Christian AND Scientist – A look at God’s hand in nature.

This hummingbird moth is one of many species that absolutely loves the native flowers here in PA! It particularly enjoys this Bee Balm flower.
Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, conservation, Endangered Species, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

It’s finally Gardening season – Make it pollinator friendly!

If you’re into gardening or just being out in nature, chances are, you enjoy flowers! Their vibrant colors, textured foliage and sweet fragrances are pleasing. In fact, it’s not just flowers that you like by many other plants including fruits and vegetables! Without pollinators like birds, bats, bees, butterflies, moths and other insects, these beautiful,… Continue reading It’s finally Gardening season – Make it pollinator friendly!

Galanthus nivalis is a beautiful snow-burning plant that is a wonderful herald of spring!
Adaptations, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

Burn Through Snow – What Flowers Can Do that We Wish We Could Too!

About this time (maybe even earlier!) each year, I start missing the sunshine and heat like crazy! Fortunately, nature’s got my back and I can get my “spring fix” even during the last dreary winter days. A few flowers get tired of the grey like I do and do something about it; they heat up… Continue reading Burn Through Snow – What Flowers Can Do that We Wish We Could Too!

Look up close at the long "leaves" of the sundew plant! These will curl up and look similar to a fiddlehead fern when an insect is caught.
Adaptations, conservation, Endangered Species, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Plants That Eat More than Sunlight!

As kids, we’re all taught that plants eat sunlight through a complex process called “Photosynthesis.” This is one of the many things that, as humans, make plants a little hard to relate to. If you’re feeling disassociated from plants, here’s something to make you feel better - some plants eat meat! Yum. Carnivorous plants are… Continue reading Plants That Eat More than Sunlight!