conservation, Ocean, Special Conservation Designated Events, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Challenge Yourself to a #PlasticFreeJuly (or whenever – really!)

We all have heard of (hopefully!) the #SkipTheStraw campaign and about several bans on plastic grocery bags, but there is more to reducing plastic waste than just straws, bags, and bottles! So, why should we reduce plastic use? After all, plastic is SUPER convenient! Have you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage patch? This floating… Continue reading Challenge Yourself to a #PlasticFreeJuly (or whenever – really!)

Adaptations, Climate Change, Ocean, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Sand Swept and Wind Blown Plant Adaptations

The succulent, leathery leaves of this plant help it to retain moisture in their hot, windswept environment. It’s summertime and one of my absolute favorite things is going to the beach and getting a big whiff of salty air in the green salt marshes! I love the look of a white beach with green plants… Continue reading Sand Swept and Wind Blown Plant Adaptations

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?