Tag: conservation

Stream Health & Bioindicators Research Project by Intern Lucy

Research by Lucy McGinty and Marissa Jacobs 02/28/22 – 05/10/22  Abstract Local Pennsylvania streams are becoming more polluted due to chemical runoff, littering, and sewage dumping. Because of this, diversity in streams is beginning to decline. Popular ways researchers determine the quality of the stream is by species counts and various chemical testing. Macroinvertebrates are …

Bald Cypress Restoration Project in Georgia Partially-Funded by The Art of Ecology’s Conservation Mini-Grant

Bald Cypress Restoration Project hike

Iesha has a deep passion to protect the environment and to create ways to effectively solve environmental issues. Her experience working and volunteering has given her a well-rounded skill set to create solutions and to have a positive impact on low income communities… She has helped protect the environment by using her experiences to spark …

Be Kind to Animals – Even the Creepy Crawlies!

Did you know that May is National Be Kind to Animals Month? For the most part, especially if you’re reading this blog, you probably already have a soft spot in your heart for the charismatic animals of the world – so this seems like “preaching to the choir”, right? There are MANY animals in the …

Get Excited about the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Female Cardinal Great Backyard Bird Count

Do you love all things birds, nature, and want to contribute to scientific studies easily? Join in on the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, hosted by Cornell Ornithology. This global event includes roughly 100 million bird sightings each year and wildlife biologists, climate change scientists, and others use that data to create scientific models, …

National Bird Day: Celebrate Right!

Did you know that today is America’s National Bird Day? Discover more about the birds you love and how to celebrate this winter season! Winter Bird Adaptations During the cold days of winter, we often worry about the birds that roam outside of our houses, especially because we can’t hear or see them as much. …

2021 Year in review

2021 was an emotional rollercoaster. I switched from working at a nature center to having The Art of Ecology be my full time job! This is a dream come true, but I’ll be honest, running your own business is an emotional challenge. There were moments where I jumped up and down with excitement and moments …

Transformation: WILD ART 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 December Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “Transformation”. Each month, I will focus on two pieces – one highlighting flora, the other highlighting fauna. This month, the first is an animal that has the unique ability to swap out the …

New for 2022! Mini-Grants for Conservation

A portion of the proceeds from my art sales benefits conservation efforts. In 2022, instead of donating a small % to habitat preservation or wildlife conservation non-profits, I will switch to something that can have a greater impact! Why the Change? I feel strange about donating $2 here, $.50 there, $5 somewhere else based on …

In Peril: WILD ART 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 November Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “In Peril”. Each month, I will focus on two pieces – one highlighting flora, the other highlighting fauna. This month, the first is a flower who brought me great joy picking them as …

Marvelous Mushrooms & the Fall Fungi Challenge

September marks National Mushroom Month, and rightfully so! Many amazing, forage-able fungi start appearing around this time of year. Whether you’re looking for mushrooms to eat, to use for making botanical dye, or just because you plain old appreciate them and find them fascinating, September is a great time to start going around searching for …