Does it really matter if the Pacific Marten goes extinct? Or the Oregon Slender Salamander? Or any of the other >32,000 species that are threatened with extinction*? Absolutely! My goal in writing this blog is to help readers connect the dots between various species of plants and animals to foster an understanding of the importance of biodiversity and caring for our natural environment so that all living beings on earth can thrive.

I have always held a deep interest in the natural world which has propelled me to investigate, observe, contemplate, and appreciate the finely tuned choreography of the natural world. In 2017 I became certified as an Oregon Master Naturalist in order to learn more about the ecosystems in Oregon. I have a B.S degree in Geology, which became my hobby, and another B.S. degree in Medical Technology, which became my career. I’m now retired and enjoying delving into these passions. I’d love to have you join me on this journey.


For more information, read my Welcome post below:

COP15 Summary: The World Coming Together for Biodiversity

The UN Biodiversity Conference including the fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) recently concluded in Montreal, Canada. The main objective of this meeting was to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework — a strategic vision and global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration, and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade. This…

Lessons from the Rocks

What do you think of when you look at a rock? Have you ever picked up a rock that caught your eye and decided to keep it for yourself? What is tugging at you to do that? When I pick up an interesting rock or gaze at a road cut that beautifully exposes the layers…

Returning Sea Otters to the Oregon Coast

Understanding the role of sea otters as a keystone species in marine nearshore environments provides an excellent example of species interconnections. In this post we’ll wade on into the coastal waters of Oregon and take a look at how a healthy kelp forest works to maintain a balance of the marine nearshore ecosystem, the role…