Florida State Parks – Lake Jackson Archeological Mounds

Sun streamed through the wide canopy of huge Live Oaks growing in front of the historic remains at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park. The trees were some of the largest oaks I had seen in a long time, but even they were dwarfed by the earthen temple mounds rising behind them. Read the rest…

10000 Birds – Birding Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park is known for one, quite obvious thing: the caverns. It’s not surprising – they’re amazing and the park staff have done a fabulous job facilitating tours – but the park is also known for birding opportunities. This fall, I stopped at Florida Caverns with two friends who had never visited before….

Birding Maine – Birding Knight’s Pond Preserve

Knight’s Pond has been a staple of my childhood since my family moved back to Southern Maine when I was 12. Shallow, with an outcropping of marsh vegetation in the center, Knight’s Pond freezes into the perfect skating pond every winter. Why have I never liked rink skating? Because swooshing perfect loops around Knight’s Pond was always…