10000 Birds – On the Lake with American White Pelicans

I’ve made some new friends in 2022. For the past few years, they’ve been mere acquaintances, passing through North Florida on their way to who knows where. I’d spot them from the distance along the coast or swirling high overhead, their bright plumage glinting in the sunshine. But now, they’ve decided to become full-time winter…

Audubon Florida – MaVynne Betsch’s Legacy Lives On in Protected Coastline

NPS Photo/Charles Stankiewicz. “Getting the most from the least and living peacefully in harmony with nature is the most rewarding lifestyle.” ~ MaVynne Betsch Reaching out across the undulating waves of a deep blue Atlantic Ocean, the NaNa Dunes cover more than 8 acres; their tall, sandy forms are topped with sea oats and short, scrubby…

10000 Birds – Red-throated Loon Off the Coast of Maine

“That loon looks weird,” I remarked to my mom. It certainly wasn’t the most eloquent phrase to ever fall from my lips, but it was true from my reference point. I exclusively see Common Loons, both in Maine – where I spent the holidays and into January – and at my home base in Florida. At…