This blog was born four and a half years ago, among the graceful llianas and tenacious biting insects of the Talamanca region of Costa Rica, where a small team of local scientists works around the clock on a 14+ year monitoring project that uses fish species in nearby streams to tell them indicators of water quality and stream health in the region. While I was visiting to illustrate a field guide of indicator species, Asociacion ANAI’s executive director Bill McLarney introduced me to each fish species like a friend; we gathered individuals from sampling sites, brought them back to the headquarters in a small tank, and when I finished sketching and photographing by night the ANAI team returned the (perhaps shaken, but very much alive) fish to their home streams.
Well, it’s late summer in Maine, which is apparently the time that Mainers have truckloads of firewood dumped onto their lawns and then spend the next several weeks stuffing it into every crevice of their home or office.
Hold the phone.
I was about to post about my Natural Heritage Hikes trip to Aroostook County – the people, the potatoes, the potatoes… the potatoes… but my creative flow was interrupted by the second most redneck thing I have ever witnessed: the Redneck Olympics in Hebron, Maine.
Sunkhaze Meadows NWR is a 2014 Maine Natural Heritage Hike. For more information, visit my Natural Heritage Hikes page.
On Friday, I began the trip that I had been waiting for all summer: Aroostook County, northernmost in Maine.
On my way there, I stopped at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Reserve just outside of Orono, where I found the wildlife right away. Or rather, it found me.
A new design for Vermont Center for Ecostudies to send to their donors. Go get some money, VCE!
In other news, I saw a pair of Bobolink in my backyard grassland last week, where this photo was taken.
I was a special guest today at Crazy Art Camp at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta!
After watching me demonstrate drawing an antler using a plexiglass grid to get the scale right, the campers created their own leaf drawings using homemade dental floss-and-card stock grids.