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How to: have hope

Least Tern scrape American Oystercatcher caginess Waiting to be found Just as the sun steps over the horizon, head east. Drive with the sun in your eyes until you hit water. Do not think about yesterday's losses. Do not linger too long over what might've been. Show More Summary

A field guide to PIPLs

Much of the general beach-going public seems determined to believe that Piping Plovers don't really exist. Many act as if they're just an imaginary endangered bird the rest of us have made up to inconvenience dog-walkers or otherwise...Show More Summary

Blacksnake Mountain Wildflowers

Could not wipe the smile off my face all day.  The wildflowers were riotous!  Thank you to Patty, Bonnie, Bob, and Lolli for being my hiking buddies. These were all blooming: Painted Trillium White Trillium Red Trillium Spring Beauties Dwarf Ginseng Barren Strawberries Common Strawberries Foamflower Mayflower Toothwort Common Blue Violet Sweet White Violet Round-leafed […]

Pre-Mother’s Day Walk

Every year, Jamestown Audubon offers a Mother’s Day Walk at its Bentley Sanctuary off of Fluvanna Avenue near the Strunk Road exit of Route 86.  I like to go on the Saturday before to see what’s blooming, and try to capture some fresh shots that maybe we can use next year to advertise the walk. […]

Reading the morning papers

Every day I make "rounds" to the 7 or so sites that I'm responsible for; ideally I get to the beach first thing in the morning while the news is still current. Oftentimes, like any busy person, I just scan the newspaper's sections for stories I want to read further... Show More Summary

Garden Tour

On April 26, I went on a tour of 3 local gardens and I thought it would be great to share the good ideas....Solar Woodland Garden At the first garden, I was most interested in this passive solar house. It was built in 1986 and is very characteristic of solar houses built at that time--large array of south-facing windows. Show More Summary

Living with Bears

9 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Over the years I have had numerous close encounters with black bears, and not once have I felt threatened. That is as it should be according to black bear researcher Benjamin Kilham. He has been studying black bears in the field and raising orphaned cubs at the behest of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for nearly two decades.

Wacissa River 4/25/2014

It's spring in North Florida and the pickerel weed is blooming which means butterflies are coming. I haven't seen too many swallowtails yet but they love pickerel flowers so I am hoping. This red shouldered hawk is scanning the river for a meal. Show More Summary

Visiting Maurys' Pond: 4/7/2013

Had a lovely visit to Maurys house last year. We rowed on her pond.Trixie went swimming and I met many of her dear animals. She is helping her mom now and her lovely homestead is for sale.

Wacissa River: 3/31/2013

It was a great birding day and I even saw blue winged teals.

It's a tough job, but...

My "office" for the day! : ) It's been a busy first couple of days here in NJ, but I'm loving it! I started off on Tuesday with a boss-led tour of the sites I'll be responsible for and had some fun looking for American OystercatcherShow More Summary

Bird Banding 2014

And so our bird banding season is underway! Licensed bird banders Emily Perlock, Scott Stoleson, and Don Watts generously give their time, talents, and expertise to show visitors how scientists collect data on birds. Throughout the season, Terry LeBaron and I will be taking pictures to be used at our September First Friday program.  In […]

622 miles closer to the perfect summer job

Today's sunset at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel So I guess I finally have enough of my ducks in a row to tell you all about my plans for this summer...I'm going home to NJ! The perfect summer job landed in my lap... Show More Summary

Pedrick Pond in Tallahassee: 3/27/2013

This was a very sweet morning at Pedrick Pond. An osprey was fishing. A young heron fished and he was oblivious to me and was playing with his food! This heron was playing with his food. He did this for about a half hour before eating the fish he caught.

Easter Surprises: Snake and Flower

Late this morning, Kookie and I walked down the driveway to get the newspaper. Kookie started her "snake" bark which is loud and somewhat fearful. Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake April 20, 2014 Our dog had found an Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake. I...Show More Summary

3/23/2014:Kayaking the Lower Wacissa at Goose Pasture

I have been caring for my ninety year old father for the past year, since he is now so infirm that he needs continual help. I don't get to go very far from home but this day I had Christina the CNA over so I could spend some time at Goose Pasture with the Valdosta crew. Show More Summary

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