If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder . . . he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.    -- Rachel Carson

Joni L. James



  • Advanced Master Naturalist  
  • Habitat Steward Training Program(National Wildlife Federation) 
  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest Fire Headquarters (IDNR) - Clerical Assistant
  • Wild Birds Unlimited of Greenwood - Public Outreach & Sales Associate 
  • Environmental Educator at Morgan Co. Soil & Water Conservation District & Morgan Co. Solid Waste District 
  • Experienced Teacher - 30 years educating young people in Indiana public schools
  • High Ability/Gifted Education, Grades 2 - 9 (18 Years)
  • Bachelor & Master Degrees from Indiana State University and Endorsement from Indiana University
  • TrainedFacilitator for Project WET, Project WILD, Wonder of Wetlands Workshops
  • Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) Bird Day
  • Master Gardener Class Completion
  • Audio Diaries for Pulse of the Planet - broadcast on radio & published on PP blog
  • Nature Journaling (36 years)
  • Nature Writing Class: Wendee Holtcamp
  • Attended Audubon Society Ecology Camp (Wyoming)
  • Numerous workshops/trainings related to birding/birds, environmental education, native planting, photography, journaling, etc.
  • The Naturalist Guild - Organized Local Group of Naturalists


  • Master Naturalist Classes 
  • Beginning Nature Photography Classes (multi-week) 
  • National Association of Interpretation - Region 4 Workshop 
  • Nature Photography Class - Johnson County Women in the Outdoors Event at Presnell Plantation
  • NestWatch Workshops 
  • Great Backyard Bird Count Workshops 
  • Go Native! Workshop 
  • SCI-REMC Pollinator Celebration Event 
  • Wild Birds Unlimited of Greenwood - Naturalist Programs 
  • Rotary Clubs 
  • Boys & Girls Club 
  • Art Sanctuary of Indiana 
  • BugFest - Monroe Co. Parks & Recreation 
  • Morgan County Master Gardener Meetings 
  • Denominational Garden Club 
  • White River Valley Branch Library - Johnson Co. 
  • Trafalgar Country Gardeners 
  • Johnson County Garden Club 
  • Owen County Garden Club
  • Putnam County Advanced Master Gardener Seminar 
  • Putnam County Photo Club 
  • Putnam County Master Gardener Meetings 
  • Homemaker's Extension Club - Greencastle 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution 
  • Women's Clubs 
  • Homemaker's Clubs 


  • Earl Brooks Award: For Advancement of Conservation of Natural Resources in Indiana (Indiana Audubon Society) 2018
  • Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant (Eli Lilly Foundation)
  • Arts Grant for Teaching a 5-Week Nature Photography Course, May 2012 (Community Foundation of Morgan County)


  • Indiana Marsh Bird Monitoring - Dept. Natural Resources
  • Indiana Raptor Center - Trained Rescue Volunteer 
  • Participant Citizen Science Projects - Project FeederWatch, NestWatch, Habitat Network, FrogWatch USA, Odonata Central
  • Morgan County Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
  • Morgan County Parks NestWatch Team - Coordinator of Volunteer Group for Monitoring Nest Boxes at County Park(s)
  • E-bird Contributor


  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Indiana Audubon Society
  • Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS)
  • American Birding Association
  • Dragonfly Society of Americas



  • Corporate Artworks: Images used in healthcare facility northern Indiana
  • Audubon Nature Calendars: Wall and Engagement
  • Town Planner
  • ArtWorks 2008


  • Whisper in the Woods (Published photos, essays, & poetry)
  • The Twig: Sycamore Land Trust
  • Natural History
  • Earth Watch
  • Outdoor Indiana

Newspapers & Newsletters

  • Unity of Bloomington Newsletter
  • White River Valley Reporter-Times
  • Y-Me of Central Indiana Newsletter
  • Spencer Evening World Newspaper
  • Herald-Times Sunday Newspaper
  • Brehob Nursery Catalog


  • Pulse of the Planet
  • Nature Photographer Magazine
  • Guest Contributor, Vision & Verb


  • Eagle Creek "Celebration of Nature"
  • Indianapolis "Images of Nature"
  • Morgan County Public Library
  • Artworks of Martinsville Gallery


  • Natural History Magazine Advertising Brochure
  • Sycamore Land Trust Brochure
  • Creative Visions of Morgan County Artists (Books)
  • Self-published Calendar (2006): Witness: A Recognition of Beauty
  • Self-published Book: Winged Angel
  • Greeting Cards


  • Women Writing for (a) Change Class
  • Poem & Essay in Whisper in the Woods Magazine
  • Women with Wings: An Anthology -- Women Writing for (a) Change -- Contributor
  • Latest Book: DANCING WITH HERONS: Bearing Witness to Local Natural History
  • Active Web Blog: Bearing Witness

All images contained on this web site are copyrighted by Joni L. James