Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Identification, Plants, Special Conservation Designated Events, The Art of Ecology

Everyone can be a scientist – Here’s how!

Not everyone who likes science, or finds it fascinating, is a scientist - and there's nothing wrong with that! Science makes up the world around us, from the animals, to the microorganisms, and how they all interact with their environment, to how our own human lives work! I have a science degree and loved my… Continue reading Everyone can be a scientist – Here’s how!

Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, conservation, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

Cardinals are a common sight at winter bird feeders. These are commonly ground feeders and can pick up what other birds have discarded. Birds are amazing - and if you read my previous winter bird blog, you'll know that birds can definitely take care of themselves, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't feed them… Continue reading Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

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, 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

Adaptations, Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, The Art of Ecology

Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

You have a bird feeder out in your back yard, but you notice that not all of the birds you have seen are visiting it - Why might that be? Well, one answer might be that not all birds are designed to eat the same foods. By looking at the bird's beak or bill, you… Continue reading Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

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!

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

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

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