Ever curious how entomologists, experts and total noobs find insects? What is sweep netting? As a beginner in the insect-finding-game I’ve found using a sweep net to be very useful, so I investigated what it’s all about, and highlight a few recent insects found through the tactic!
Why were all the flowers I was seeing in Central CA yellow and purple in color at the end of summer? Take a read to see what I discovered, or didn’t . . .
Ever wondered how I document nature in remote parks of British Columbia? This is the post for you. Bugs, bears, and botanical beauties!
Robber flies captured my attention over a year ago. They are charismatic, great hunters, and come in such a variety of colors and shapes. I’m sure after reading this post you’ll have a new appreciation for this diverse genus.
Ever wondered about what plants still exist from when dinosaur’s stomped around? I researched a little bit about four Northern California plants I found while living there in the spring of 2021.
The charismatic plant of the desert that cant be avoided visually, but intentionally avoided physically is of course the cactus! After hiking around Joshua Tree NP for weeks I had some questions for these funky fun plants.
The South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park is a truly wonderful place to explore, botanize, and connect with nature. On this first backpacking trip in the park of 2020 we found oodles of flower, insect and mammal life lucky to call this place home. Can’t wait to return!
Looking for bugs on an snowfield? What an odd activity. Well we spent three days in a remote area of Southwest BC searching for insects trapped in the snow. What an adventure it was!
At this time of year in California mushrooms are popping out of the ground like mad! Their bright and various colors inspired me to take a look into why they are so colorful!
When the fall slowly turns into winter in Central California it can get tough as a naturalist to find new intriguing species. Well I suggest you go for a beetle hunt! These are some beetles I found in perhaps some unexpected places.
This summer Trevor and I explored some remote provincial parks in British Columbia for a project between BC parks and iNaturalist. The Bridge River Delta Provincial Park was our first iNatting trip, which included blood, sweat, and tears.
Rummaging around in the dirt and flipping logs can reveal many natural wonders. Millipedes are often found scurrying around, so here’s a little description and photos of the common ones I’m finding while living in Marin County, CA in November of 2020.
Tidepools are truly a place of endless entertainment and wonder. Once again I was stumped what this yellow succulent fluff ball was. I never thought it would be a parasite!
November 2020 king tides brought great conditions to find marine invertebrates here in California. Read about my newest nudibranch lifers found amongst the rocks and algae along California’s central coast.
If the term ‘microarchitecture’ excites you, you’ll want to read all about these marine worms. Yup worms. Lavender colored worms. Enough said.