Our planet is in a climate and ecological crisis. We need to fight for our lives and the lives of all species. Scientists estimate that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fishes. On my most recent sea turtle expedition, 1/3 of the turtles we caught were infected with the … More Planet in Peril
Wrangling reptiles, sea creatures that swim, in the name of science, grab your mask, snorkel, fins. Turtle Rodeo is the research technique, an ocean adventure not for the meek. Sea turtles spend 99% of their life in the water, which means researchers need to go to the turtle’s turf to study them. Scientists hand capture the … More Susie’s Excellent Island Adventure
I’ll be returning to the Bahamas later this week to work with marine scientists tracking juvenile green sea turtle habitat. Here, I recount my June, 2018 experience. Come along for this wild ride! My expedition as an eco-volunteer with Earthwatch, the global conservation organization, begins on the hot tarmac at Rock Sound airport in Eleuthera, … More Turtle Rodeo
When I saw my first nesting leatherback during night patrol I was in awe of this ancient creature laying its eggs against the sky’s Milky Way, nature’s firework display of bioluminescence bursting off the crashing waves. Our work as Earthwatch volunteers with the January, 2019 Costa Rican Leatherbacks expedition included night patrol, morning beach sweeps and … More Dinosaur Descendants: Leatherback Sea Turtles
My friend Alexis Block has invented HuggieBot, a robot that hugs! She’s allowed me to take a peek into her life to tell the story of how she faced bullying, gender stereotypes and overcame extreme heartache to take top honors in the field of (HRI) human-robot interaction. Lexi has always loved being a ballerina and … More A Hugging Robot?
Woodland Pattern bookstore’s annual (15-hour) poetry marathon was a blast. I read during the hour sponsored by Riverwest Currents. A warm and welcoming community of writers and poets! Many of my poems are inspired by family memories and reflections of life experience with all its ups and downs. Check out Lake Michigan Stones & Keeper of … More Poetry Marathon
You’ve come to the right place to learn more about sea turtles. I love talking about my eco-volunteer research expeditions and you can listen to my recent radio interview to hear about these experiences. If you’re interested in having me make a presentation at your school, library or other organization, send me a message on my … More Talkin’ Sea Turtles on Riverwest Radio
Children’s book author Pat Zietlow-Miller led a Wisconsin SCBWI-sponsored program all about using favorite picture books (mentor texts) for inspiration to create something equally wonderful but uniquely your own. Thanks Pat! I’ve got lots of ideas brewing.
Tracks in the sand. No, not monster truck tires, but those of an adult female green sea turtle. Each morning in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, dozens of tracks line the beach. Follow them to nesting pits made the night before with only a few humans and the star-studded night sky as their witness.
Last month I spent 8 days as a volunteer at the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Sea turtle eggs have an incubation period of about 60 days. At the 62-63 day mark the nests are excavated to see if the clutch has hatched. Quite often there are a few baby turtles that … More I Saved a Sea Turtle