Hi!! My name is Nicole and I am a Jane-of-all-trades. I know a little about a lot and most of it centers around nature. Birds, herps (reptiles and amphibians), mammals, insects, fish, and of course… plants. Everything interests me. If you’re enthusiastic about something, I’d love to hear about it!!

I’m a birder, herper, hiker, kayaker, craft beer-lover, and a photographer. Taking photos of everything is my passion and I can’t wait until I can afford a better camera (mine can’t handle high ISOs and it is VERY limiting).

I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Fish & Wildlife Management. I want to focus on birds/herps and habitat management to aid in population growth of endangered/threatened species, but I also want to keep common species common.

BOTANY… “the scientific study of plants, including their physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance (Google dictionary).”

Nature’s fundamental core (living core; don’t be smart and say water is the basic foundation) relies on plants. Sure, water is very important, but quite often, wildlife derives its’ water from its’ food sources or drink from (or even lay eggs in) small pools collected by… plants! Food sources can either be PLANTS or creatures that eat PLANTS. Yes, there are those low on the food chain that specialize on algae or plankton; something other than plants, but hey… this blog is for a botany class (we only vaguely hit upon algae, etc.) so yeah, I’m going to tailor it a bit.

Back to the subject…

PLANTS provide food, food for food, shelter, water, shade, oxygen (during the day), etc etc. Learning about them makes it easier to understand what relies on them. It also helps to be able to identify them when you are trying to point out a bird to someone else. Being able to say “it’s on the left side on the lowest branch of the black locust, about 5 feet from the tip” is much quicker/easier than saying “it’s in the branch of the big-ish tree in front of the other trees, but behind that tree…….” So… I’m mostly taking this course to aid my identification abilities and my fundamental understanding of PLANTS.