On a sweltering day in July, I drove up a gravel driveway to Trail Wood Sanctuary. This 168-acre property in rural eastern Connecticut was once home to naturalist writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. In 1980, Nellie donated their pristine land to the Connecticut Audubon Society, which now hosts artists and writers in … More Trail Wood Sanctuary
Spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers are just a few who rely on healthy vernal pool habitat. Happy coloring! Click here to download a 8.5×11 pdf of this coloring page.
Happy #SalamanderSaturday! Today I thought I would explain the start-to-finish process of how I illustrated my favorite double page spread, that I call “Emergence.” Katy Farber’s words describe the homes of spotted salamanders — “under layers of earth, snug among the roots” — and how the salamanders must wait for the right spring conditions to … More Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials
In less than two months, author Katy Farber and I will be celebrating the launch of our new picture book, Salamander Sky! We’ve been working hard to spread the word to bookstores, libraries, nature centers, and science museums. We hope that it will encourage kids to get outside to learn about salamanders and other amphibians and … More Salamander Sky, Part 1: Field Research