Tag: The Art of Ecology

Attract Fruit-eating Birds to Your Backyard

Attract Fruit-eating Birds to Your Backyard honeycreeper bird exotic

They may seem ultra-exotic and tropical, however fruit-eating birds do live in North America along the East Coast. In fact, while kayaking along the Delaware River in Philadelphia the other week, I had the incredible opportunity to watch a Baltimore Oriole creating a nest! Not all fruit-eaters are mango or papaya-loving tropical birds. Some are …

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 …

A World Without Pollinators

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Could you imagine a world with no berries or melons? No pumpkins during the fall or chocolate to indulge in? Or what about a world with no coffee in the morning and no flowers to water? Unfortunately, this is most likely the path we are headed on due to the declining population of pollinators. According …

Lucy McGinty’s 2022 Internship Reflection

Lucy McGinty 2022 Internship Reflection

Hello all! Welcome to my 2022 Internship Reflection. My name is Lucy and I have been interning for The Art of Ecology for about 4 months now, and I will be continuing my internship until my culminating event, hosted by me using all the skills that I have learned during this internship! This event takes …

Art Challenge: Feathered Friends for “Feathruary”!

This past month I’ve been creating art as part of the #Feathruary2022 by @MischievousRedFox on Instagram. Illustrating birds is not only fun, and a great way for me to study local birds & learn more about their identifying characteristics, but it is also a good way to educate about the importance of birds in our …

Upcoming Eco-Art Classes & Workshops

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The Art of Ecology’s mission is to build visual connections between people and the natural world we’re a part of by blending the arts & environmental sciences. Through eco/art public and private workshops, participants can discover the ecosystems we live in and how connected the various facets of people, plants, and wildlife are. From foraging …

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 …

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 …

Intertwine: Wild Art 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 February Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “Intertwine”. It’s always exciting to see how other artists interpret the challenge and create art. Some artists focused on the twisty nature of snakes, and others focused on octopus arms. Each month, I …