Animals, Backyard Habitats, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Happy Squirrel Awareness Month!

"Heart & Soul of an Eastern Grey Squirrel" is available in my print shop! This highlights the importance of a deciduous forest habitat to the health and well-being of a squirrel. Many people see Eastern Grey Squirrels as pests - critters that eat all of their birdseed, hang out around urban trash cans searching for… Continue reading Happy Squirrel Awareness Month!

Snakes need love too! Show them that you care by building a snake hibernaculum in your back yard! They will thank you for it by chasing away all of your rodent pests!
Animals, Backyard Habitats, conservation, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

Snakes are wonderful for so many reasons! I can see it, some of you are thrilled by this and others…. not so much, but yes - snakes are good, even if they’re not your cup of tea. Snakes don’t have to be your favorite animal for you to realize that they play a vital role… Continue reading Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

Great Horned Owl we rescued this winter in Bucks County. Unfortunately, it didn't survive, but it was a great learning experience!
Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

To Rescue or not to Rescue? That is the question…

If you're reading this chances are you love animals! Me too! However, as animal lovers, we need to know how to best protect and care for them, especially in the wild. This question “To rescue or not,” is a difficult one to answer. Short answer -  if it’s human caused (ex. A bird hits a… Continue reading To Rescue or not to Rescue? That is the question…

Animals, Identification, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

“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… Continue reading “There’s ALWAYS Evidence.” – Especially with mammals.

These beautiful flowers attracted many pollinators out in the New Mexico desert!
Adaptations, Plants, The Art of Ecology, Travel, Wildlife Behavior

How can life still occur in the desert of the American Southwest?

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 how many plants and animals that a… Continue reading How can life still occur in the desert of the American Southwest?

Chipmunks are amazingly cute members of the rodent family, each with their own personality!
Adaptations, Animals, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?

I’ll gladly go bungee jumping or skydiving. Not much scares me, yet for some strange reason, I gasp at small things. A door closed unexpectedly? Gasp. Did a leaf fall on my shoulder? Gasp. I’m startled for a fraction of a second and react. Who knew that this is a similar trait to shy, cute,… Continue reading How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?