Tag: ecology

It’s Winter. What is still growing beneath our feet?

Fungi in Winter Typically, we think of winter as a time for plants and animals to go dormant and settle down. Really there are hundreds of thousands of organisms growing during these cold, wet, dreary months! During the winter, we can go out and see so many different types of (drum roll, please…) – FUNGUS! …

#YearOfTheBird

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!

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! Migratory Bird Treaty Act & Protections Fortunately, 100 years ago, one of the …

“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 …

Owls – More than just cute, fluffy birdies!

Owls are more than just cute balls of feathers! They play an important part in our ecosystem!

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 …

How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

Cardinals need to eat a lot of fatty seeds in order to stay warm all winter!

We always think of birds as migrating south for the winter (wish I could too!), but obviously, some birds do stick around. There are many bird adaptations to the cold to allow them to stick around chilly Pennsylvania! How do Birds Adapt to the Cold? Birds adapt in many ways that are similar to humans. …

Giraffes and Baby Elephants – Kenya’s Finest

Baby elephants (not more than 2 1/2 years old!) who have been impacted by the poaching industry at David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust

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 been to Kenya, to a small village on the coast of Lake Victoria to do some missions work in orphanages and for other …

Protecting a Flamboyance

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.

What is a Flamboyance? 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. 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 …

How can life occur in the American Southwest desert?

These beautiful flowers attracted many pollinators out in the New Mexico desert!

Traveling, especially to places that look and feel different than Pennsylvania where I have lived for all of my life, is so exciting! Fortunately for me, I had the chance to go out to New Mexico to do some photography this past summer! It was amazing to see the many plant & animal adaptations to …