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…

Peacocks are one of the most easily identifiable birds with their bright and flamboyant plumage. Protecting all species, even the small, less colorful ones are just as important as protecting the "pretty" ones we love!
Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology

#YearOfTheBird

Did you know that by 2050, roughly ⅓ of all bird species might be extinct? Protecting these animals is important if we want to not only keep these wonderful birds around for future generations to enjoy, but also to keep healthy ecosystems! Fortunately, 100 years ago, one of the most important pieces of legislation for… Continue reading #YearOfTheBird

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.

Owls are more than just cute balls of feathers! They play an important part in our ecosystem!
Animals, birds, The Art of Ecology

Owls – More than just cute, fluffy birdies!

Right now there is a trend in “owl-love”. People think they’re so cute and decorate everything from paper-products, to clothes, to wall art with rather cartoony looking owls. Is there anything wrong with that - NO! Owls definitely are super cute, but they are so much more than just fluffy balls of feathers. They are… Continue reading Owls – More than just cute, fluffy birdies!

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?

Baby elephants (not more than 2 1/2 years old!) who have been impacted by the poaching industry at David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust
Animals, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology, Travel

Giraffes and Baby Elephants – Kenya’s Finest

Sometimes you visit a place, not knowing what impact it'll have on you, and when you leave it, all you want is to return! For me, that place is Kenya. I have had the opportunity, in high school and again after graduating from college, to go to Kenya, to a small village on the coast… Continue reading Giraffes and Baby Elephants – Kenya’s Finest

We often see pinks and purples in nature, but why is the color blue so rare?
Adaptations, Animals, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Why do we always see purples and reds in plants, yet rarely blue?

Winter is here and it makes me miss the vibrant colors of spring, summer, and fall. I personally LOVE yellow. I love Sunflowers, Coreopsis, Daisies, Goldfinches, and Blue-Ringed Octopus. I’m not super picky though. I just love color! I love Butterfly Weed, Zinnia, Hibiscus, Purple Beautyberry, Cuttlefish, Common Sea Dragons, Giraffes… the list can go… Continue reading Why do we always see purples and reds in plants, yet rarely blue?

Chipmunks are amazingly cute members of the rodent family, each with their own personality!
Adaptations, Animals, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?

I’ll gladly go bungee jumping or skydiving. Not much scares me, yet for some strange reason, I gasp at small things. A door closed unexpectedly? Gasp. Did a leaf fall on my shoulder? Gasp. I’m startled for a fraction of a second and react. Who knew that this is a similar trait to shy, cute,… Continue reading How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?