It seems to me that the planet destroyers, need us, the environmental realists, to save them from themselves. If it wasn’t for us tree huggers, the air would be too foul to breathe, the water too polluted to drink, and the soil too depleted to grow food. Humanity would be extinct. We would take many […]
Pollinators are those animals that give the invaluable service of helping plants reproduce and create seed or fruit that humans and others eat. There are many pollinators including bats, bees, beetles, birds and butterflies. The flower type, shape, color, odor, nectar, and structure vary and attract different pollinators according to the pollinators likes and needs. […]
Bird migration takes place two times a year. Generally, it happens in the spring and autumn of the year in the temperate regions. In the tropics, movement happens during the dry and rainy seasons. Food is a driving force. Birds migrate in temperate regions to places with better sources of food. In the tropical regions, the […]
The first signs of spring are often right at your feet. The layer of herbaceous plants shows signs of green followed by the shrubs, then the sub-canopy and finally the tall tree canopy above.
A FYI for my readers on a guided journal for nature journal and observers.
female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Schuylkill Nature Center The hummingbirds should be migrating. Originally published October 2015,dates still apply. I spotted this female Ruby-Throat at the Schuylkill Nature Center in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia last Wednesday. At first I heard a squeaking noise and then I realized it was a hummingbird. She flew right by […]
I made a vow to myself that I would improve my butterfly and basic nature photography skills. (I also promised myself to draw more in my nature journal, take more hikes this year, remake a garden bed into a butterfly and bird magnet.) I’m coming along. I follow high school biology teachers Jeff’s blog and ran across this great explanation of how Jeff takes such great photos of butterflies. Like athletes preparing for a big game, here is some inspiration for us. Jeff explains how he approaches, keeps the sun at his back, […]
People see color before they see anything else. And trying to identify a mystery bird is no exception. Over the years I have posted photo galleries of common birds grouped by color. These photo galleries serve as guides to figuring out what bird you are seeing. And with spring migration starting, high probability of being stumped […]
For this week’s nature journal prompt I offer one word: Above. Ever notice that in horror films, that danger is often above the characters (next victims)? They have to look up to save themselves. Sometimes we forget to look up – to see the beauty above us, to predict the weather, to see birds telling […]
Often in the conservation movement, the contributions of people of color are overlooked or thought to be nonexistent. The Pennsylvania Conservation and Natural Resources published a short article on the work of the segregated Civilian Conservation Corps and their work in PA state parks. The units of predominately African American men built roads, shelters, camp tables, […]