Cheetahs: Conservation and Art

Learn how to draw Cheetahs with a particular emphasis on proportions and drawing the head from the front, side, and 3/4 view. Meet conservationists who are working with farmers and ranchers in Botswana to protect and preserve this wonderful species. If you would like to donate to support Cheetah Conservation Botswana, you can make donations

Abby McBride at the WildWonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019

Abby McBride is a self-described sketch biologist, meaning she explores the world with a sketchbook to look for insight into the past, present, and future of landscapes and living things. She writes and illustrates multimedia stories about biology, ecology, and conservation. At the 2019 Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, she shared how she used sketching to tell

Nature Connection through Deliberate Attention and Curiosity- (Tedx video)

The key to developing a deep nature  connection is deliberately enhancing your powers of observation and wonder. Learn how the methods of a field naturalist help you notice more, remember what you discovered, and be actively curious. A world of infinite beauty and discovery waits just beyond the point where we usually stop paying attention. Tedx

A Curiosity Framework

While visiting Sunnybrae International Baccalaureate World School, I saw a set of questioning prompts on the wall of each classroom.  These eight concepts are used throughout the International School system. I strive to be rigorous in my thinking and actively question of the world. I thought these were useful and wrote them down as they might provoke my own intentional

Falling in love with Nature

Love of nature is the spring from which stewardship flows. In contrast, disconnection from nature leads to apathy in the face of all environmental problems. A useful way to define love is sustained, compassionate attention. Paying sincere attention to, and developing a rich curiosity about others helps us to be kind. This attention takes work and

Remembering Rich Stallcup

Conservation hero Rich Stallcup was a rare bird magnet and helped many of us realize what you can discover if you pay attention. While I was working on my Sierra field guide. I visited Rich with a pile of illustrations. He patiently went through them with me pointing out the subtlest corrections and suggested changes.