Animals, Backyard Habitats, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Happy Squirrel Awareness Month!

"Heart & Soul of an Eastern Grey Squirrel" is available in my print shop! This highlights the importance of a deciduous forest habitat to the health and well-being of a squirrel. Many people see Eastern Grey Squirrels as pests - critters that eat all of their birdseed, hang out around urban trash cans searching for… Continue reading Happy Squirrel Awareness Month!

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

Pollination – Amazing Plant & Animal Relationships

Last month, I had a wonderful opportunity to learn more about pollinators, like the honeybee, at the nationally recognized botanical garden - Longwood Gardens! This professional development opportunity allowed me to not only learn about these amazing plant & animal relationships, but to witness first hand active pollination in the outdoor gardens and photograph some… Continue reading Pollination – Amazing Plant & Animal Relationships

Adaptations, Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Special Conservation Designated Events, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

National Geographic Educator Certification – Another Reflection

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

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

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!

Snakes need love too! Show them that you care by building a snake hibernaculum in your back yard! They will thank you for it by chasing away all of your rodent pests!
Animals, Backyard Habitats, conservation, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

Snakes are wonderful for so many reasons! I can see it, some of you are thrilled by this and others…. not so much, but yes - snakes are good, even if they’re not your cup of tea. Snakes don’t have to be your favorite animal for you to realize that they play a vital role… Continue reading Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

Great Horned Owl we rescued this winter in Bucks County. Unfortunately, it didn't survive, but it was a great learning experience!
Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

To Rescue or not to Rescue? That is the question…

If you're reading this chances are you love animals! Me too! However, as animal lovers, we need to know how to best protect and care for them, especially in the wild. This question “To rescue or not,” is a difficult one to answer. Short answer -  if it’s human caused (ex. A bird hits a… Continue reading To Rescue or not to Rescue? That is the question…

Animals, Identification, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

“There’s ALWAYS Evidence.” – Especially with mammals.

One of the things I remember my father saying the most when I was a child was - “There’s always evidence!” This was typically said because I would wonder how he knew that I didn’t do a certain chore, but it definitely applies in the ecology world too. Mammals are among some of my favorite… Continue reading “There’s ALWAYS Evidence.” – Especially with mammals.

Cardinals need to eat a lot of fatty seeds in order to stay warm all winter!
Adaptations, Animals, birds, Seasons, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

We always think of birds as migrating south for the winter (wish I could too!), but obviously, some birds do stick around. These birds are able to adapt to the colder temperatures and can find enough food to stick around chilly Pennsylvania! Birds adapt in many ways that are similar to humans. They eat yummier… Continue reading How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

Did you know that a group of Flamingos is called a Flamboyance? These amazing birds are under threat of climate change, but fortunately, are being protected.
Animals, Art Exhibits, Climate Change, conservation, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Protecting a Flamboyance

Being Flamboyant means being colorful and vibrant. It only makes sense then that a group of Flamingos would go by this name (among other names like a “flock” or a “pat”). Flamingos are vibrantly pink birds that live in tropic and subtropic regions that have saltwater. They love lagoons, estuaries, mud flats, and saltwater lakes.… Continue reading Protecting a Flamboyance