Celebrating Galápagos Girl – Blog Tour

The Lee & Low team and I, plus six welcoming bloggers have been busy celebrating Galápagos Girl, which will be in bookstores everywhere September 18th, 2018!  Thanks to all. Here are links to a few more of the blogs I’ve visited. Thanks to Dylan Teut who interviews illustrator Angela Dominguez and myself at Reading with Mr…. Read more »

Galápagos Girl launches September 18th!

It’s the end of a long journey…and the beginning! My newest book, the bilingual Galápagos Girl comes out September 18th from multicultural publisher Lee & Low. Its journey began over ten years ago in December 2007, when I fulfilled a dream of visiting the Galápagos Islands. There I met Valentina Cruz, our naturalist guide, on whom my… Read more »

Buffalo Commons, The Haverfields, and Prairie Dogs

My very first post on Earthsvoices was about the heroic stand of Larry and Bette Haverfield and their work for the grasslands and the black-footed ferrets.  What many ranchers in western Kansas see as a “prairie dog problem” to Larry is really a problem of the lack of predators.  The destruction of prairie dog villages… Read more »

Flavors of Spring

Five mile training run this morning.  Jasmine, roses, eucalyptus, and evergreen flavors filled the country air.

Artists in the Back Country

During John Muir‘s time, artists, writers, and scientists went into the back country, into the wilderness.  When they returned, they shared their findings and feelings with the public.  “Artists in the Back Country”, a program of the Sequoia Park Foundations, has the goal to replicate that in today’s world. In 2008, I was invited to… Read more »

Land Trusts, Toluma Farm, and lots of goats!

Land.  Growing up in a Kansas farming community I was surrounded by lots of it – beautiful, flat plains full of golden wheat.  Here in California, my friend Jean and I often walk the land in Marin and Sonoma County, both havens for farms, ranches, and open space. We can thank MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust) for… Read more »

30 years of helping the Black-footed ferret

September 26th marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of what was believed to be the last 24 wild black-footed ferrets in North America.  Hooray for our beloved black-footed ferrets.  The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has learned so much about ferret husbandry; this year fifty-one kits were born at SCBI.  Fifty survive. You can watch… Read more »

Blessings to Gaia on Earth Day

Each of us is part of the earth.  With that blessing comes responsibility. Each of us must do our part to protect our earth, its resources, its wildlife. Some people celebrate Earth Day on March 20th, the first day of spring. Some celebrate on April 22nd.  We should really celebrate every day. Look outside at… Read more »