November 4, 2015 We all hear people say it: “Wait till you have kids, the way you spend your time will be completely different.” Well, right now, pre-children, I spend a lot of time birding. Given that birding generally requires patience, quiet, and a lot of walking, I knew people would be particularly doubtful about…

October 23, 2015 When I was a kid, my dad and I used to drive along country roads, scanning fields for milkweed.  If we spied anything we would quickly pull over, hopping out of the car and searching the leaves for black, yellow, and white caterpillars. Scooping them gently into a mesh case labeled “Erika’s…

When exploring, I tend to be a very active outdoorswomen. Time outside is an important part of my regular exercise, and on trips I try to rack up the miles. Most of the time, my constant movement works well. I’m usually searching for birds, and the farther I go, the more I see! But not…