to announce my
THE BIRD THAT INSPIRED
“PADDLE PERCH CLIMB”
While watching the usual assortment of perching birds on our feeder one morning, a Red-bellied Woodpecker unexpectedly flew down from a tree, eager to join in on the feast. As woodpeckers’ feet are designed for climbing vertical surfaces, I was very curious to see if it could grab onto the horizontal landing bar.
The woodpecker seemed determined to find a place to alight successfully. It circled around the feeder over and over, trying to grab hold of one side, then another. I soon found myself cheering it on, whispering under my breath, “you can do it!” But after many awkward attempts it still wasn't able to grasp the bar securely enough to keep from slipping off.
After exhausting all of its options, the woodpecker finally flew back into the trees where, grasped securely onto a tree trunk, it pecked into the bark, pulled out a grub, and gobbled it up.
Growing up in a rural area as a child provided me with endless opportunities to explore the outdoors—chasing frogs by a creek, climbing trees to look at bird nests, or turning over rocks for the ugliest bug I could find to annoy my younger brother with.
Little did I know then that these childhood explorations were preparing me for a deeper understanding and lifelong curiosity about the natural world.
Through my books, I hope to engage children’s natural curiosity and fascination about the world around us, and inspire children to become avid nature lovers and explorers.
I received my Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree at
Parson's School of Design and The New School in NYC.
Meet the "GOOD GUYS" in a garden. I'm currently working on a new book about beneficial creatures that make their homes in and around gardens. From a praying mantis ambushing its prey with lightning speed, to a frog using its long sticky tongue to snag a meal, these "friends" of the garden help maintain healthy plants and flowers by eating plant-eating pests, and play an important role in organically cultivating a balanced garden ecosystem.
For all garden lovers!