All posts by Susan M. Brackney

Susan M. Brackney is a Master Naturalist and author of four nonfiction books including Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet.
How to Give Frogs and Toads a Leg Up
How to Give Frogs and Toads a Leg Up

Founded in 1998, FrogWatch USA is one of the longest-running citizen science programs around, and, since amphibians are extremely sensitive to environmental changes, FrogWatchers’ observations have been especially valuable.

Milkweeds and Monarchs 101

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Milkweeds and Monarchs 101

Want to attract more monarch butterflies to your garden? Boost their numbers with these milkweed types and tips.

How to Spot Owls this Winter
How to Spot Owls this Winter

If the cold weather and dark skies of the season are starting to get you down, take a cue from our NATURE contributor Susan Brackney and try these tips for owl spotting - a perfect winter past time to help get you through the bleakest time of year.

Guilt by Association? How Cats Became Steeped in Superstition
Guilt by Association? How Cats Became Steeped in Superstition

You've heard that curiosity killed the cat, but it was actually superstition that did her in—particularly in Medieval Europe and early North American settlements. Understanding how cats became steeped in superstition requires some eye of newt, a dash of folklore, and a splash of old-time religion.