Our Field Reporters
Our intrepid field photographer and nature guide in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. He has the patience to wait for hours for the perfect photographic opportunity. We featured his stunning Green-crowned Brilliant male hummingbird on our April 2020 cover. Jorge grew up in San Luis, a very small town located in the foothills on the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. He loves to share his passion about flora and fauna, especially the orchids and birds, though we’ve convinced him to also photograph pollinators for us. Jorge believes that only through environmental education will we create a better world and future. You can learn more about his work at Georgeofthecloudforest.com.
Rusty is a fabulous writer, penning two regular columns for 2 Million Blossoms: “Beyond the Hive” and “What’s Bugging.” She is also a wonderful photographer. Over the years she has taught herself to identify many of the pollinators she encounters, paying close attention to the key features that let her deduce the genus and species. She runs Honey Bee Suite, an informative website and blog that offers her refreshing take on issues facing beekeepers and beyond. As a field reporter, she shares some of her photo adventures with our readers.
This woman breathes honey bees. She got her start in beekeeping while working on an organic farm in the UK run by the founder of the Natural Beekeeping Trust. Later she worked closely with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries, breeding treatment free queens. She’s also worked for Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries, a sustainable commercial bee operation in Vermont. She’s quite the bee queen of the internet, posting hilarious photos and videos. We’re pleased to have her on board as a field reporter, sending in stories from her beekeeping adventures in Florida and upstate New York.
Our rugged field reporter sending in stories from the Rocky Mountains. He grew up in Northern Vermont and has lived in Montana for 25 years. The author of two novels, he has worked as a journalist, substitute schoolteacher, prize-fighter, and explosives engineer. In the fall of 2017, Jake left corporate America to pursue his passion for photography full-time. Convinced there is nothing ordinary in nature, he believes that the world, especially off the beaten path, is still a wonderful thing to see. To see more examples of his work, visit his website jakemosher.com.
Housebound after a serious car accident, Joan found solace and joy behind her camera’s lens in her Sonoran desert front and back yards, where she discovered “a world of beautiful beings I had always loved but never before fully seen.” Photographing the insects that visited her flowers brought sanity to her journey of recovery. Her work demonstrates the incredible diversity we can each enjoy in our own backyard if we just take the time to really look. All of her photos are captured within a few miles of where she lives in her front and back yards, neighborhood and the nearby Sonoran desert wash. Learn more about her work at her website BeeStill.
PETER JOHN RAFOSALA
Peter is from the Philippines, where he runs a commercial beekeeping operation and teaches beekeeping skills to others. He has also worked in the United States in Utah and Wisconsin, rearing queens and managing commercial operations. Currently on lock-down in his home country, he will be sending us stories as soon as he’s allowed to travel again. In the mean time he is helping to feed the neediest in the Philippines, creating food care packages from donations to help stave off starvation of his fellow countrymen. Follow him on Facebook.
Also known as the Bee Babette, Kit is a native bee scientist from the Wild West of the Land Down Under (aka Western Australia). Australia is home to over 2,000 species of native bees, with hundreds of species yet to be discovered and scientifically described. Like most Aussie critters, the Aussie bees are distinct and unique. Kit is about to submit her PhD thesis on the effects of urbanization on native bees in this southwest Western Australian biodiversity hotspot, and the sticky subject of the impact of the introduced European honey bee on native bees. She’s passionate about answering key ecological questions about the biology, ecology, evolution, and diversity of native bees, and channels these findings into conservation and outreach efforts. She writes books, engages in next generation education, and is the admin for a Facebook group she created called “Bees in the burbs.”
Peter currently serves as the director for The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund and provides consulting services for wildlife and pollinator habitat needs through his company Conservation Blueprint. He has wide range of conservation experience, specializing in producing appropriate seed mixes and helping individuals plan, create, and maintain pollinator habitat. He actively promotes high quality, high diversity pollinator habitat. He is known for developing solutions to pollinator plant species seed supply limitations. Recently, he has focused on developing collaborations between solar energy production and expansion of pollinator habitat, helping utility companies become more green. His expertise in designing and using high diversity seeding mixtures is much sought in conservation programs. As a field reporter, Peter shares some of his planting projects and the diverse pollinators this new habitats attract.
Rachael is a New England native who studies pollinator nutritional and behavioral ecology in Pacific Northwest prairies as well as in more urban environments, such as the Greater Boston Area. Soon, Rachael will start her new role as Assistant Professor at Providence College (Providence, RI) where her lab will answer questions regarding pollinator nutrition in urban and rural landscapes. Rachael is passionate about making her research, and science in general, accessible to a broad audience. In pursuit of this mission, she has developed a penchant for photographing insect pollinators, co-founded the Tufts Pollinator Initiative , and co-authored a children’s book, Dress Like a Scientist Day. You can read Dress Like a Scientist Day online and follow Rachael’s adventures in fieldwork on Twitter.
ERIN E. HUNTER
When Erin E. Hunter was nine, her great-great aunt Alice gave her a copy of the Reader's Digest Guide to North American Wildlife. Fascinated by the detailed color illustrations of flowers, insects and animals, Erin read all 559 pages. Her first ventures into science and illustration started with that book, where she checked off the plants and wildlife of her own backyard and drew birds in the margins. Today, Erin is a trained science illustrator with a background in graphic design. She splits her work between fine art paintings depicting the natural world, and technical illustrations for an academic science journal (Annual Reviews). When she's not painting or working at the computer, she can be found puttering in her garden or hiking in California's coastal forests. Her dog-eared copy of the Reader's Digest Guide to North American Wildlife sits prominently on her desk. Follow her on Instagram.
Bryan Reynolds is an award-winning, professional nature and wildlife photographer and writer. He photographs all aspects of the natural world with an emphasis on nature’s smaller subjects, including butterflies, dragonflies, other insects and spiders. He also captures wildflowers, herptiles, patterns in nature, and much more. Bryan started photography in the early 80's and his first photo was published in 1995. He now has a long list of national and international credits that include publications of The National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, and countless other magazines. His images appear in calendars, greeting cards, posters, books and museum/nature center displays. Follow his work on his Flickr photo stream.