Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved nature. My dad got me interested in it, always teaching me new things. While I took several nature-related classes at Purdue, I never pursued it as a career. I’ve always been an amateur-but-enthusiastic nature lover. I became an Indiana Master Naturalist in 2007 and believe in lifelong learning.
Some of our favorite places to hike and view nature are Shades State Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Celery Bog Nature Area, and Prophetstown State Park, but we’re fortunate enough to live in the country, so a lot of our nature observations are made at home, or while driving to work. Another wonderful way to catch up on lifelist species is by visiting Civil War battlefields. There are always bluebirds, but many battlefields have flycatchers, eagles, osprey, and many, many warblers.
In 2012 my daughter Stephanie and I were able to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Trinidad and Tobago, courtesy of a BirdWatcher’s Digest contest. We stayed at Asa Wright Nature Center in Arima, Trinidad, and the Blue Waters Inn in Speyside, Tobago. We visited Caroni Swamp, Pax Guesthouse, Main Ridge Rainforest, Little Tobago Island, and many other beautiful locations. Many of our pictures are posted at our Tumblr, JandSinTNT.