About Me

You know that age in children when they question everything and every other word is “why”? I never grew out of that phase.

I spent my childhood engrossed in the plants and animals that surrounded me. My favorite place to visit was the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fish hatchery, my favorite television show was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and my favorite books were Funk & Wagnall’s Wildlife Encyclopedia. I once walked straight into a lamppost on a busy street, thanks to pondering a pigeon. And I spent my twelfth birthday grounded, thanks to an untimely hiss by the garter snake I hid in my sock drawer (still sorry about that, Mom!).

Five seconds earlier, this small yellowbelly slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) was sharing his log with a four-and-a-half foot tall Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).

Now that I’m all grown up, my enthusiasm for the wonders of the natural world around me is stronger than ever.

I am a proud member of the following organizations:

I live in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and spend my free time asking questions about the plants and animals I see everyday, researching the answers, and sharing them here on Now I Wonder.

My goal with Now I Wonder is to share with you the same thrill of discovery – of not only spotting a dragonfly, butterfly, or grasshopper, but learning what it is, what it does, and why it matters.

Editorial Policy

  • I research every post myself using peer-reviewed scientific works and academic resources.
    • Any errors are mine and mine alone, but so is the enthusiasm.
  • I write every post myself from start to finish.
  • I never use artificial intelligence or outsourced writers on Now I Wonder.
  • All images and videos and infographics that include the Now I Wonder logo were taken or created by me personally.
  • Images and media without the Now I Wonder logo included are attributed to their original creators.
  • To the best of my knowledge, all of the photographs obtained from Canva are of live animals.
  • I absolutely abhor the practice among some nature photographers of trapping, restraining, freezing, tranquilizing, or otherwise interfering with an animal in order to get the “perfect” photograph.
    • I never restrain or interfere with the animals in my original Now I Wonder photographs and videos in any way.
    • All the animals featured in my original Now I Wonder photographs and videos are wild and were encountered in their natural habitats, unless specifically noted otherwise.
    • I make every effort to avoid stressing the animals or causing them to change their behavior while photographing.
An enjoyable walk in the North Carolina mountains on a cool, drizzly morning.

If you want to engage in a new or deeper way with the living things that share our world – or even just enjoy a “Wow, I never knew that!” moment – you’ll find helpful and detailed answers to your questions right here on Now I Wonder.