Photo by Chris Linder

Helen Fields is a freelance science journalist in Washington, D.C. She writes about frogs, whales, meteorites, airplanes, and whatever else she and her editors can think of. Her freelance work has appeared in Smithsonian, Science, New Scientist, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. Before she started freelancing full time in 2008, she had staff jobs at National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report. A graduate of the U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, she spends a lot of her free time knitting.

4 responses to “Snapshot: Birdwatching in Saudi Arabia”

  1. Heather Livingston

    In writing about the (fulfilled!) desire to see hoopoes, Helen paints a picture of a part of the world many Americans know very little about, packing facts about Ramadan, Saudi teenagers, and dress codes, as well as several other birds, into this short engaging article. Hoorah for hoopoes!

  2. Bethann G. Merkle (@CommNatural)

    Helen,
    I enjoyed your account of searching for the hoopoes, but your subtle mention of sketching is what really caught my attention. My passion as a science communicator is really in the visuals, although I do plenty of writing. I particularly enjoy teaching others how to incorporate sketching into field experiences (a field journal, a travel sketchbook, etc.), as a way to enhance learning about a place. So, I have two questions for you.

    1. Did you include sketching in your lesson plans?
    2. Will you post the sketches you referenced online somewhere?

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