Greetings! I’m Cathy Bell, an itinerant naturalist and park ranger. (Twitter: @RangerCathy)
I studied geology as an undergraduate at Princeton University, and recently completed a Master of Science degree in plant biology with the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont. My master’s project work involved studying alpine plants in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Sequoia National Park, California.
Since 2006, I have worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service. Most of my time has been spent at Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the place that feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. I’ve also spent a significant amount of time working for the Division of Resource Education at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, where I coordinated social media outreach efforts and conducted youth programs.
Homelandscapes describes some of my connections with the very special landscapes I have been fortunate to call home. I hope the blog inspires others to cherish and nurture their own homelandscapes, whether that means an urban backyard, the local nature center, or a working farm. (Learn more about why I chose the name Homelandscapes.)
Blog posts include writings on natural history, news of current events pertaining to national parks or conservation, and photography from some of America’s most treasured wild lands. You may find the occasional trip report or book review among my posts, too.
This blog reflects the personal opinions of the author, and should not be construed as presenting the official views of the National Park Service or any of my previous employers. It is written entirely on my own time.
All text and most photography on this site is copyright Cathy Bell. Images by others are credited accordingly. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of content is prohibited. Sharing of excerpts or links is encouraged, with credit given to Cathy Bell and cathybell.org. Please contact me if you’d like to obtain an image for educational purposes or have questions about what constitutes fair use.
Thanks for visiting!