Want to Save Coral Reefs?

Recently, I came out as a climate scientist.  Common Nighthawks, while being very heat tolerant, nest in extremely hot locations, and it’s important to know when climate change will make those places uninhabitable.

However, the most vulnerable biome worldwide? Coral reefs are sensitive to changing oceanic temperatures.  With that in mind, Australian scientists have asked snorkelers to help them collect data.  What a great idea!

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Inspiration for art

In a previous post, I showed the art I have been making to raise funds for research.

Here are the places I visited that inspired this art.

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Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota

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The geology at Devils Tower National Monument.  The pink rock is a phonolite porphyry, an igneous rock comprised of alkali feldspar. 

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Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin is an amazing place of great biodiversity at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers in the the Driftless Zone, where glaciers have never touched.  The topography is unlike anywhere in the Midwest.

Selling art for research

Below are some new works showing biodiversity in Northern Plains that I am selling on my etsy site. I also sell cards and candles with the images there and calendars and other such merch at my RedBubble site.

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Spirit Mound, South Dakota, with Tree Swallows, Eastern Amberwing, Cup Plant, American Bumblebee, Butterfly Weed, Cricket Frog, Dickcissel, and False Dragonweed, and Bull Snake.

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Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota, with Ferruginous Hawk, American Bison, Coyotes, Western Kingbird, Yellow-bellied Racer, American Copper (Butterfly), and Buffalo Bean.

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Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin, with Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Wood Pewee, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk , Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary Warbler, Striped Skunks, Tall Bellflower, Yellow Ironweed, Black Rat Snake, and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

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Spirit Mound, South Dakota, with Tree Swallows, Eastern Amberwing, Cup Plant, American Bumblebee, Butterfly Weed, Cricket Frog, Dickcissel, and False Dragonweed, and Bull Snake.