BOOdiversity In Your Backyard: Spooky Season

Another turn around the sun brings us to my favorite time of the year: fall! It’s no secret that autumn is the best: with color-changing trees, wild swings in weather, and most importantly: Halloween! Even though many places aren’t doing the usual Halloween festivities this year because of COVID-19, there are still ways to safely […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Black Bears

This very special issue of Biodiversity in Your Backyard features my favorite mammals: bears! Yes, there are all sorts of bears, like polar bears and grizzly bears around the world, but we’ll be focusing exclusively on the humble, noble Black Bear. Known in the scientific world as Ursus americanus, and in the not-so-scientific world as […]

Biodiversity In Your Backyard: Fungi Are Fun!

If you haven’t noticed, I have a penchant for loving the weird little critters, and that includes fungi! Fungi are organisms that have a wide range of shapes and sizes, from the one-cell noble yeast all the way up to the Humongous Fungus – clocking in at over four square miles. Today, we’ll be diving […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Things That Go Bump In The Night

What’s more fascinating in your backyard than the things you can’t see? There are so many creatures that make noises at night, whether they’re trying to attract mates, foraging for food, or even just warning off predators. These nighttime creatures range from insects and frogs to birds and mammals. They live in the soil, in […]

Biodiversity in your Backyard: Birds

Welcome back to the biodiversity in your backyard series! This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at our feathered friends — the birds. The United States is a huge, incredibly diverse place, especially when it comes to birds. Luckily for you, I’ve lived on both coasts and in the midwest, so I’ve got a […]