Know Your Snakes! Part II…

Our second encounter was during the final weeks of summer vacation during a jaunt up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. The prior week I had taken the kiddos up a quick access falls trail across …

Snake Encounters! or “Know Your Snakes!” and the Giant Mystery Fly …

The remainder of our summer adventures led us to two unexpectedly close serpentine encounters, both with my three year old son at the forefront. I either have to be grateful for the learning opportunity or …

The Mysterious Hairstreak Butterfly and Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

After lunch when the house is a bit quiet and the kids are either playing or away at one of their day camps, I pop out into the garden to do a little investigating and …

Austin – Where are the Bats?

It turned out to be more of a spectacle of watching the bat watchers than anything else – there was even a topless kayaker with a rainbow colored lit up boat using his paddle to film and shoot selfies (and perhaps bats). And we could certainly hear the bats, at least from our under the bridge location. And above the bridge, you could certainly smell the bats. Wouldn’t want to miss out on that experience. That’s when you know you’re close!

Weekend Excursion in St. Augustine

It’s been a busy few weeks helping a close friend move out of state, then traveling with the kids for a quick trip to a family event in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Finding time to …

Summer Days: Observing profound transformation right before our eyes.

Kids are out of school and summer is in full swing. It’s only been a few weeks, but we, including the flora and fauna are settled right into the rhythm of its abundant days and …

Foster Cat : Our first black swallowtail caterpillar of 2019!

It began with a little egg or two with the kiddos checking on them every morning and after school to make sure they were still there! The pest control insects and birds have been very …

Hover, Flower or Syrphid Flies…

The results are in! After a night spent cooking in the iNaturalist.org forum, our photo of the mysterious native bee look-alike produced a genus type thanks to the keen knowledge of a gentleman naturalist who …