Itchy in the Itchas. iNatting in the Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park

Float plane. Woodland Caribou. Artic-like tundra. Old cabins. Interesting Insects. Those are just some of the things we experienced on a recent backpacking trip in the interior of British Columbia. Take a read, or just look at the photos of this trip log in the Itcha Range of the Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park, which we...

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Oooo La La Orchids, Costa Rica Blog pt. 3

“We’re going to Costa Rica to look for orchids.” Orchid hunting is probably not the first reason you’d think to travel to Costa Rica for. Most people go for the jungle, wildlife watching, the beaches, the “adventure” activities, or bird watching. While we definitely went to look for birds, wildlife, and other plants, orchids were...

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Three Months in Fernbrook, What Two Naturalists Got Up To

From the end of January till the end of April 2022 we lived in an adorable Airbnb in Fernbrook, CA. This tiny unincorporated community is next door to Ramona, in San Diego County. When talking to San Diego locals no one had heard of Fernbrook, which just illustrates its tinyness and its seclusive nature.  We...

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Nature Journaling, Monday to Friday: Backyard Flowers

I had a mad craving for some nature journaling last week. So I took to our current “backyard” in the outskirts of Ramona in a small community called Fernbrook which is in the county of San Diego, California. Nature journaling is a super-duper way to connect with nature, at the landscape or macroscopic level. Journaling...

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Naturalist Trip Log, Costa Rica, pt. 2

Orchid hunting, bird stalking, and insect photography were just some of the endeavors husband Trevor and I did while traveling around Costa Rica from late 2021 to early 2022. This blog is a trip log of what we got up to, photographs of who we saw, and a few short stories. Instead of a short novel, which I’m prone to write, I decided to organize this blog like a Q & A, hope you enjoy…

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What’s going on with these lichen-covered leaves? Costa Rica Blog Pt. 1

The gloriously lush jungles of Costa Rica. This photo is from the La Fortuna area. Walking into a tropical jungle for the first time is overwhelming. While I’ve been lucky to do so in a few countries over the last five-ish years the wonder and amazement never fades. One characteristic that puts a twinkle in my naturalist’s eyes is the abundance of foliage. LUSH green leaves, frons, moss, lichens, of the diverse plant life, appear…

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I Heart Nature

I needed a mental reset from the past two weeks. COP 26 was a bust, flooding in the PNW due to climate change and destructive logging practices ravaged areas I grew up around, the Brazilian Amazon hit a record high level of destruction, politicians in North America are complete nincompoops, and these headlines seemingly have no end. Exhausting and depressing. Sooooo, some cuteness is in order! Over the past year and a bit, I’ve been…

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Why So Many Yellow and Purple Flowers?

After a summer in BC, a short stint in Bellingham and Northern California, we are stationed along the central California coastline. We quickly took to walking the nearby golden hills in search of any remaining wildflowers still miraculously blooming despite the ongoing drought conditions. What became quickly apparent to me was the overwhelming main colors out and about were yellow or purple-colored petalled flowers. But why? California Aster Corethrogyne filaginifoliaDunedelion Malacothrix incanaCalifornia Goldenbush Ericameria ericoidesCrisp Monardella Monardella undulata ssp. crispa The flowers…

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What I learned from The Cougar Conundrum, by Mark Elbroch

This summer I read The Cougar Conundrum, by Mark Elbroch, ecologist, author, accomplished wildlife tracker, and lead scientist for the Puma Program director for Panthera. Having a particular love and passion for the puma, I knew the book was going to be good, and provide perspectives I hadn’t considered before. But I really didn’t expect to learn so much, to take away so many points, and to continue to mull over topics months later. I…

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iNatting Big Creek Provincial Park, British Columbia

In the spring of 2020 and 2021 my husband and I went backpacking in the Big Creek Provincial Park. We spent five and six days respectively, spanning most of the park. But we still have creeks to cross and ridges to walk on the to-do list. Something will always pull us back, and if history keeps repeating it will be a rare plant or insect that lures us back.  While most people recreating in the…

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