10000 Birds – An American Avocet in Rookery Bay

Perhaps it’s not a surprise, but I think birders are delightful people. Who else could be continually thrilled each and every January when they tick of their first Northern Mockingbird of the year, knowing full well they’ll see another 4983457 mockingbirds before the year is through? While on a tour of Rookery Bay near the…

Florida State Parks – Troy Springs

The focal point of Troy Springs State Park is, of course, the spring, gushing water from the underground aquifer 70 feet beneath the surface. The clear water of the spring – looking cobalt blue from the surrounding shore – has formed a circular pool, eventually flowing into the wide Suwannee River. Cypress trees and their…

Duke Nicholas School – Birding with the Great Florida Birding Trail

It was just past 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, but already a small crowd had gathered at the Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center in Okaloosa County, Florida. Based on the proliferation of cameras and binoculars, it was easy to identify the group in question: birders. Read the rest at the Duke Nicholas School!

Duke Nicholas School – Keeping Drones Out of Our State Parks

I recently went on a camping trip to a few Florida State Parks, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of sun-filled fall afternoons. Relishing the lack of a schedule, I reclined on my sleeping bag for a short nap. Just as I began to doze off, a loud buzz sounded right outside my tent, bringing to mind…