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An Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Nicholas Thompson.

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

8/23/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Dragonflies are impressive, the spies of the natural world. They already have the deceptive cover. They are not dragons. They aren’t even flies! These fascinating creatures have been around for over 350 million years, evolving incredible abilities & sharp senses to […] Read more >

Texas Wasp Moth

7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring

7/24/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I still like butterflies, but let’s be honest, moths need some love. They just aren’t as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be! Both belong to the large order of insects, Lepidoptera, which refers to the tiny scales covering most moth […] Read more >

Otter Swimming with Plastic Bottle

Declare Your Independence From Plastic

7/3/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Last week my colleague Sara wrote a blog post introducing us to the idea of “Plastic Free July.” It inspired me to accept the challenge and declare my independence from single-use plastic this month. This includes plastic bags, straws, packaging and […] Read more >

Mud Run

Get Dirty, Muddy, Happy and Healthy

6/29/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Who doesn’t love to splash in puddles, roll in mud, kick up dirt? Apparently a lot of people. Dirt has become a widespread fear for kids (and adults), and ultimately a barrier to getting outside. But mud is a key […] Read more >

Deer Head in Container

Wildlife Are Getting Their Heads Stuck in Our Trash

6/20/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve noticed several stories about wildlife with their heads stuck in various containers. It makes me uncomfortable each time. I mean, they’re unable to see, eat, drink or get it off their head. Here’s a recap of stories this past […] Read more >

Endangered Karner Butterfly

It’s Endangered Species Day, Fantastic, Now What?

5/17/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Endangered Species day is May 17 and it’s special because we’re also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act! This single piece of legislation has prevented countless extinctions and protected animals and wildlife habitat from the harmful impact […] Read more >

My mom, my sister and I

Mother’s Day Mishaps: Perfection in Nature is Boring

5/12/2013 // By Dani Tinker

As I thought about Mother’s Day this year, I recounted the wonderful memories I have outdoors with my mom. A pattern quickly emerged. My favorite experiences involve some level of imperfection, and that’s exactly what makes them special. Here’s a […] Read more >

Ms. Frizzle Magic School Bus

5 Reasons Ms. Frizzle Rocks as a Teacher

5/7/2013 // By Dani Tinker

It’s always an appropriate time to appreciate and acknowledge an incredible teacher. You might remember Ms. Frizzle, the quirky science teacher from The Magic School Bus books and TV show. Each story involves Ms. Frizzle and her students on spectacular […] Read more >

Egret Chick

A New Look at Easter: Bird’s Nests, Eggs and Chicks

3/31/2013 // By Dani Tinker

As birds gear up for spring egg-laying season, it’s an excellent time to learn about bird’s nests, eggs and chicks! This weekend I challenge you to celebrate the season and holiday by exploring the nature around you. I’d say reading […] Read more >

Collared Lizard by Sarah Waterworth

How Sunshine Powers the Lives of Wildlife

3/30/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Solar power is cool. Well, I guess technically it’s hot. Either way, the sun is not only involved with creating energy for us, but it plays a critical role in powering the lives of wildlife. Here are a few ways […] Read more >