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 […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Butterflies

One of my favorite things about spring is the return of the butterflies. Some trees are starting to leaf and flower. You might see a few grasshoppers or small beetles, and then one sunny day, you see your first butterfly. Butterflies, like most insects, are pollinators. Although they don’t have pollen sacs like many species […]

Forests Can Heal People and the Planet

On this International Day of Forests, Let’s Embrace Deep Rooted Change It’s the International Day of Forests, a day each year that has been set aside to celebrate the role that forests play in sustaining life on Earth. In times like these, hope can be hard to find. But we can find it in forests. […]

Beautiful forest with sunlight streaming through the trees

Wetland Wanderer and the American Amazon

Happy World Wetlands Day! In honor of this special day, we’re celebrating wetland biodiversity. Wetland biodiversity matters! Why? Swamp vegetation filters pollutants, making water safe to drink Wetlands provide livelihoods for one billion people and help feed the world Peatlands store 30% of land-based carbon Lakes and rivers supply food and medicine Wetlands protect communities […]

Photo of Lucia in a Wetland in Alabama