October 8st, 2020 Okay, So you have seen this page pop up “Biology With Berta,” if you are here during the early stages you probably are from my friends and family list of facebook friends. Which means you already know I am pretty much obsessed with wildlife and nature and telling people about it. So what am I doing with this Facebook page? Good question, I am figuring that out as well. Maybe we can figure it out together as I type this (my first ever blog post!). Let’s go back to earlier this year before pretty much everyone's life turned inside out. My husband and I had been talking about moving back to the Monterey Bay area. Honestly, we loved living in Chico, Ca but for Matt's work welding in the 100 plus summers heat wasn’t worth it for the pay and physical or mental stress it put on him and us. In addition we just weren’t making any progress on our long term goals where we were. I wasn't working in science or with animals and probably wouldn't ever be if we stayed put. So we made the needed connections and made the jump! I was going to be an assistant Biologist on a whale watching-research vessel and also start volunteering in the Drifters (jellyfish) Lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Matt got a job working for people he respects and where he is doing what he enjoys. Building huge machines by hand and helping feed america. We were both loving our jobs and enjoying being back in an area we grew up in. Then like the rest of the world, we were hit with a curve ball. COVID-19 shut down both the whale watching-research tours and the aquarium. After one amazing week, I was suddenly left to spend my summer sitting in our new home doing…… Fast forward to now. I’ve had a lot of time to think and come up with ideas and a great family friend who has given me a part time job. I tried refurbishing furniture and selling it, I am pretty proud of the butterfly dresser I redid and sold for a good profit. Although I don't have the patience to do it more than a few minutes at a time. But none of my ideas that I had could I really say I knew I wanted to do it. So I sat down and with help from Chrissy Wright (look her up, She’s amazing), I started to make a list of things I am good at, qualified in, passionate about, experienced in, and things I enjoy. You know what I saw in each list? Animals, Nature, Science, and talking about it. Well and drinking tea but that's not relevant here. So that's what I am doing with “Biology With Berta.” I am taking my experience, knowledge, and passion for animals and our planet and I am talking about it! I hope with this new adventure I can teach kids and adults about our world and excite them on protecting it. Whether through my social media post, the tutoring or classes I am running, or even blog post which I guess is a thing now! Thank you for sticking with me to the end of this brainstorm on what exactly is Biology With Berta. I hope you stick along for more of the ride that I’m sure will be a wild one!
Berta Chatman is owner of a tutoring and homeschool science resource business Biology With Berta. With her BA in Ecology, Evolution, and Organism Studies and over seven years of education experience her goal is to help parents excite their kids about the sciences, animals and taking care of this planet we have been given.