10000 Birds – The Birds of Picayune Strand

Do you ever have those moments when you’re supposed to be paying attention to something serious, but you’re immeasurably distracted by the bird species around you? For me, that experience encompassed an entire trip to Picayune Strand. Read the rest on 10000 Birds!

National Geographic – Summer Expedition Day 4

The final leg of my National Geographic Young Explorers grant was bittersweet. The day itself was glorious: warm, blue skies, and no clouds until we finally said goodbye to the Maine North Woods later in the afternoon. Read the rest on Natural Resources Council of Maine!

National Geographic – Summer Expedition Day 3

I awoke to rain again, this time pattering against the rain fly of the tent. I knew instantly we had made a mistake the night before, and I snuggled down into my sleeping bag and put the pillow over my head, willing it away for a few minutes. While we had the foresight to put…

National Geographic – Summer Expedition Day 2, Part 2

The paddle across the lake was easy, but the next rocky section of Allagash Stream was tough. Paint marks on particularly large rocks illustrated that many canoes had scraped along the bottom before us, and we even spotted two lost paddles caught in downed tree limbs and along the shore. Read the rest at the…

National Geographic – Summer Expedition Day 2

Day two dawned wet. We could no longer access the weather report without internet or phone, but there was no mistaking the dense, low-hanging clouds. Though Bob Johnson rarely has canoers, the other couple and us were ready to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway by 8 in the morning. Johnson led all of us down…

Florida State Parks – Alafia River

I have never camped near a wetland meadow before, but when my husband and I pulled into our camping spot at Alafia River State Park, that’s just what we found. Read the rest on Firsthand Florida Fun!

Duke Nicholas School – Releasing Alligator Gar

Alligator Gar are so cool. Their wide snouts really do make them appear like a cross between a fish and an alligator, and they are rarely seen by people unless you know exactly where to look. In fact, it took Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists months to actually capture their first Alligator…

Florida State Parks – Little Manatee River

As my husband Brian and I set up our tent in spot #30 of the family campground in Little Manatee River State Park, two “minions” from the popular animated movie series looked over our shoulders to watch us as we worked. These blow-up characters were just part of the many Halloween decorations that created a…

Birding Maine – The Bird That Started It All

Looking back, there is one specific Maine bird that started my whole fascination with birding in general. Walking along a dirt road near Kennebago Lake, I was playing with a higher-end point and shoot camera given to me for a college graduation present. Its zoom capabilities allowed me – really for the very first time…

Duke Nicholas School – Learning in an Online Setting

I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for Duke’s Marine Planning Advancement Training class. As someone who deals with marine resources on a daily basis, I relished the opportunity to “get back to the classroom” and learn additional skills. Only, this would be an online classroom. Read the rest here!

Birding Maine – Three Winter Birding Hotspots

With the coldest time of the year fast approaching, many wildlife enthusiasts may head indoors, intent on hibernating until the spring thaw. In the case of birders however, this would be a big mistake: winter is one of the best times to look for our feathered friends! If you live or are visiting southern Maine,…