Category Archives: Nature Journal

Help to Document Nature in the DC Region

From April 14th to 18th—just in time for National Citizen Science Day (April 15) and Earth Day (April 22)—16 US cities are asking residents to explore nature all around them and document the species they find. Help Washington DC win this friendly competition with the most sightings! To participate, download the iNaturalist app for your phone, snap Read More →

Dark-Eyed Juncos Have Arrived; Get Ready for Winter

  The dark-eyed juncos arrived yesterday. I was eating breakfast when I first saw them, flapping around in the waterfall out by my pond.  I wondered if they had been flying through the night to get here. About 30 of these little black and white birds seemed anxious to get a drink, take a bath, make Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

How to Take Good Flower Photos with Your Smartphone

I love taking flower photos in my garden, but I am not always pleased with the results! Strangely, my android smartphone seems to yield the best results, perhaps because my expectations are always low and I’m always pleasantly surprised how my relaxed attitude makes for a better pic. Either way, I wanted to pass on info Read More →

Last Minute Gift Idea: Hives in the City

  **Update: as of Jan 12, 2016 the site (www.hivesinthecity.com) is back up and running. Thanks for your patience! I just got an important message from the company that hosts the website for my book.  It seems that our site has been shut down for a day or so in order to address some important security updates. While I’m Read More →

Here’s Hoping #OptOutside Becomes a Tradition, Too

The national retailer of outdoor equipment REI made headlines earlier this year when it announced that its stores would remain closed on both Thanksgiving AND the day after, known  in the US as “Black Friday.” I’ve long been against the idea of any store opening on Thanksgiving. The holiday used to stand out as the one day of Read More →

Got Good Bird Pictures? Send them to Cornell

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology wants to see your bird pictures. Each week between now and February 29, 2016, the lab is accepting submissions for its annual BirdSpotter photography contest.  Visitors to the website will then vote on their favorite pics. Winners will be rewarded with prizes such as bird feeders, t-shirts, framed artwork and Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at iNaturalist.org have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

Hives in the City Awarded Silver Medal

I’ve just been notified that Hives in the City, my book about urban beekeepers working hives in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, won a silver medal in the 2015 Independent Book Publisher Awards contest. Each year thousands of books are entered into the contest; this year the finalists included books from across the globe.  My book’s medal Read More →

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