Sea turtles have always been thought to be loners. Turns out, these ocean reptiles may not be total party animals, but they do like to check each other out sometimes. Marine biologist Nathan Robinson studies juvenile green sea turtles in The Bahamas. He designed and built a camera that fits on a sea turtle’s shell. … More Sea Turtle ‘Dash Cam’
Kids these days…are heroes! Youth activists from around the world attended Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in Vancouver, British Columbia at the end of June and I was there to watch, learn and be inspired. Pre-teens and high schoolers get training on how to create campaigns to beat plastic pollution. Kids I spoke with come to bootcamp armed with … More Kids Stomp out Plastic Pollution
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
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
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.
Mañana, viejo a Tortugueros, Costa Rica trabajar con el Conservation de Tortugas Marinas. Mi fascinación con estas descendientes de dinosaurios empezó hace 30 anos en Isla Mujeres, Mexico cuando tuve un buen vistazo con tortugas verdes. I have logged over 40 miles beach-walking on the shores of Lake Michigan in training for my research work … More Cost Rica Here I Come
Mary Alice Monroe visited Boswell Books this week. I got a much needed dose of inspiration from this accomplished author who, like me weaves ecology themes and a love of nature into the story she tells. Have been ‘stuck’ with plot revisions after finishing the first draft of my middle grade novel, but am now motivated to get … More Boswell Books Author Talk
“In Nature” this week. Taking advantage of the gorgeous fall weather in Wisconsin to bike Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail. Part of my life as a writer involves finding time away from pen and paper to clear my head, mull over story plots and ponder character development…Oh, and sometimes figure out what I’ll make for dinner. PEDAL POWER!