Tag: wildlife

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

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!

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 …

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

Great Horned Owl we rescued this winter in Bucks County. Unfortunately, it didn't survive, but it was a great learning experience!

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 …

“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. These birds are able to adapt to the colder temperatures and can find enough food to stick around chilly Pennsylvania! Birds adapt in many ways that are similar to humans. They eat yummier …

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 had the opportunity, in high school and again after graduating from college, to go to Kenya, to a small village on the coast …

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.

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 like a “flock” or a “pat”). Flamingos are vibrantly pink birds that live in tropic and subtropic regions that have saltwater. They love lagoons, estuaries, mud flats, and saltwater lakes. …

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

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 how many plants and animals that a …

How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?

Chipmunks are amazingly cute members of the rodent family, each with their own personality!

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, …

About “The Art of Ecology”

Welcome to The Art of Ecology! The Mission of The Art of Ecology is to “Build Visual Connections between people and nature through art in order to create a deeper understanding and respect for the natural world – therefore increasing the desire to protect and conserve its resources.” I have a BS Wildlife Conservation & …