Oceans, Part 3

“In every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is a story of the Earth.”       [Rachel Carson] Whenever I get the chance to go snorkeling, I’m always happy to see parrotfish. I’m not sure why I like … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 2

I’m in the middle of researching and writing a series of nonfiction picture books (for Nomad Press) about animal adaptations. One of those includes a book about fish. I honestly never had too much of an appreciation for fish that … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 1

I saw whales. Lots of them. In real life. And it was awesome. While I am definitely a mountain girl, I do love the ocean and had the privilege of spending the past week on the Atlantic. One night, about … Continue reading

Shoebill Stork

Writing about animal adaptations is fun. I’m not talking about giraffe’s long neck (to help it reach leaves on the tallest trees) or a woodpecker’s beak (perfect for tap, tap, tapping into the bark of trees to find insects). No. … Continue reading

Happy Spring

Hooray! Spring has finally arrived. In the Rockies it certainly took its time this year. But now, the world is green, the birds are happy, and the flowers are up. Finally, it is warm. It is time to celebrate.

Grim News

My writing goal is to teach kids about the amazing biodiversity on the planet and inspire them to act to protect it. Some days, though, it is hard to stay positive. Recently the UN released a report about the grim … Continue reading

Velvet Worm

How did I make it this far in my life without knowing about the velvet worm? These caterpillar-like creatures have been around for over 400 million years and there are close to 200 different species! These little critters, with waterproof … Continue reading

Star-Nosed Mole

Meet the star-nosed mole. It is an unfortunate looking creature, but that nose is quite amazing. Those 22 creepy-looking, fleshy tentacles are not used for smelling, but for feeling. They are super-sensitive and quick, touching up to 12 objects per … Continue reading

Spring in the Desert

I always look forward to spring the way a kid looks forward to their birthday…counting the days, waiting, counting, waiting. And then it arrives. And it is a gift to be treasured. In the desert especially, spring is wondrous event. … Continue reading

Happy Earth Day

Today is a day to celebrate our planet and its amazing biodiversity. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement to raise awareness about the human impact on the environment and to … Continue reading