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 private message on … 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!
Built a Sukkah in our backyard last week. The yearly celebration of Sukkot has dual significance. Giving thanks for the fall harvest & commemoration of the 40 years Jews wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. That’s me with a ‘Jacques Cousteau’ red cap and my dog Fig. Quite often you can find me … More “In Nature”…Sukkot
Crisp, clear day in Wisconsin at the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. Off camera: Macintosh, Cortland and caramel apples! Applesauce & pie coming right up!
The spring pours 38 million gallons of water daily into the trout-filled lagoon. This historic site was an important stopping point on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I dipped my hand in and tasted this pure, clear & clean water.