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YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel

Eco Mystery series

Environmental Eco Detectives

Students Become Eco Detectives

A dozen pairs of eyes fix me, challenging me to do something
really interesting.

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And so I begin, "How would you like to go on an amazing adventure that will last for your entire life?"
Hands shoot up, wave in the air.
“Great! Then I'm going to show how to become an Eco Detective.”To launch the program, I present the students with eco mysteries to solve.

Diamondback Terrapin Eco Mystery

Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin

This year, I celebrated Earth Day at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in a special way.

Earth Day at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

I shared the story of my real life adventures while doing research for my eco mystery,
The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: Operation Terrapin Rescue. Read More...

The Educational Value of Zoos

Teacher’s Night at the Birmingham Zoo

On a muggy, late summer Alabama night, tired teachers trooped through the gates of the Birmingham Zoo after a long day in the classroom. They were greeted by smiling docents, a friendly talking parrot and a cool gopher tortoise, bigger than a dinner plate. While teachers enjoyed delicious complimentary BBQ and drinks, the zoo’s able and talented educational staff explained the wide variety of resources the zoo provides for teachers. These include school animal programs, a variety of field experiences, guided tours, auditorium programs, and hands-on science experiences.

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Docent Program in the Auditorium

Environmental Fiction 3-8th grade

Environmental Education Inspires Wonder and Curiosity

The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, Eco Mystery series, I hope to inspire readers around 3rd-8th grade to experience wonder and curiosity about  the natural world. In each mystery kids must solve an eco mystery in order to take action to help save a species. The eco mysteries challenge and empower them to help resolve environmental problems that threaten living things in their own communities—yes, students can and have helped make a difference.

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Protect World Heritage and Biospheres

Help to Preserve the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage

Following our passion for preserving wild places, Boris and I took the plunge and entered National Geographic's "Expedition Granted" contest for $50.000! Whether you’re a nature lover, a traveler, a teacher, an armchair explorer, you can participate in “Expedition Granted,” with one click. Here’s How:

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PBL and Environmental Fiction

"To sunshine, clear water, and sparkling skies and to the kids who are cleaning up the Earth.” Jean Craighead George

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Butterfly Awareness Day, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This blog serves two purposes. First, it provides a list of environmental fiction that students would enjoy and will fit neatly into the core curricula you will be teaching. Second, the blog demonstrates a way to apply what they have learned from reading to their own projects, using Project-Based Learning.


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Recycled Art at Moss Rock Festival, Birmingham, Alabama

The mellow autumn weather, fascinating art and fresh local food, all in a beautiful outdoor setting, drew thousands of visitors to the
Moss Rock Festival. Children—of all ages—enjoyed creating art out of recycled materials, hiking in the gorgeous nature preserve, chatting with the artists, and just basking in the relaxing ambience of the festival. What more could visitors ask for? Read More...

Annual Alabama Coastal Birdfest 

Tenth Annual John Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest 
On a balmy autumn day we departed Birmingham for the Alabama Coastal Birdfest with high expectations and not an inkling about the storm lurking off the Gulf Coast. At a reception that evening we enjoyed meeting fellow birders and relaxing on the back deck overlooking an expansive view of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Read More...

The Heartbeat of Mother Earth

 Tenth Annual Science and History Day at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Perched on a high and windy overlook, we listen to the steady, hypnotic beat of tribal drums, which the First Nation of Canada call the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Far below, a vast prairie stretches away to the horizon. We are a long, long way from home, in Alberta, Canada, at the world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jump, where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. This place, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, was used by aboriginal peoples for nearly 6,000 years.  Read More...

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The End of One Adventure and the Beginning of a New One

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Wildflowers Art Education

Art on ‘R Mountain

What a perfect spring day for the Ruffner Mountain art show. The budding trees and bright wildflowers melded together beautifully with the colorful arts and crafts.  Read More...

Birds in The Everglades National Park

Boris and I wanted to share these photo taken an Everglades National Park. The birds were warming themselves in the sun after an unusually chilly night for South Florida.  No need for binoculars, the birds seemed to be posing for us as they thawed in the sun. Read More...

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In the not-too-distant future, the children in our neighborhoods and schools will have joined the workforce. Some will find themselves working for corporations, sitting behind desks, standing on podiums, running for office, in positions of influence, making decisions that will, for better or worse, affect the ecological health of our very planet. My mission in writing the ecological mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, is to nurture the seeds of environmental responsibility, giving today’s kids an abiding appreciation for nature and an intelligent understanding of ecological principles and issues 
before the future arrives.