Animals, Backyard Habitats, Gardening, The Art of Ecology

Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.

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.

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!

Animals, conservation, The Art of Ecology

#ReadABookDay

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

Animals, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Special Conservation Designated Events, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

My Top 10 Reasons to Conserve Wildlife

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

Adaptations, Animals, Art Exhibits, Climate Change, Colors, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology

“Heart & Soul” – A Photo Project Looking at Animal/Habitat Relationships

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

Animals, conservation, Health, Ocean, The Art of Ecology, Travel

Doctor Fish, Sulfur Water, and More – all at Vouliagmeni Lake!

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!

Animals, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Health, Ocean, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Soooo… You may have noticed I love the ocean! Why might that be?

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?

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!