Birding Maine – Back Cove in Winter

Hands down, one of my favorite places to bird in all of Maine is Portland’s Back Cove. Making a complete loop is always satisfying in some way, and just over three miles of walking creates in me a sense of accomplishment, but not exhaustion. Though it’s beautiful all year round, winter on the cove is…

10000 Birds – American White Pelicans in Key West

We felt awash in blues as our tour boat skirted the waves to anchor near a shallow sand flat off of Key West, Florida. The aquamarine water gave the sky a run for its money, so clear and sparkling beneath a noon-day sun. Mangrove islands broke the horizon with their green silhouettes, the golden sand…

Florida State Parks – Paynes Prairie

“It’s a Great Horned Owl!” I exclaimed, leaning over the wooden railing of the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Observation Tower. From our raised vantage point, my husband had spotted the raptor going after prey on the ground. 50 feet off the ground, the overlook offered tremendous views of the multi-colored prairie itself, as well…

Florida State Parks – Gold Head Branch

When European settlers first arrived on the eastern shores of Florida in the 18th century, sandhill ecosystems dominated the coast. Golden wiregrass swayed beneath the green needles of pine trees, a habitat now managed by staff at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park through regular prescribed burns. The landscape is mesmerizing. Read the rest…

Duke Nicholas School – Why I Knit My Own Sweater

Over New Year’s weekend, I spent a very relaxing few days binge watching Downton Abbey and just taking it easy as 2016 rolled into 2017. I can never sit completely still while watching television, so I happily took to the couch with my newest knitting project: a sweater. Read the rest here!

Nat Geo – Two Days at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) encompasses over 6,000 acres in coastal Alabama, opening a nature center, trails, and guided trips to locals and visitors. In October, I myself became one of those curious visitors! My husband and I crossed the Fish River in the afternoon, pulling into the Nature Center parking lot…

Florida State Parks – Suwannee River

I stood atop a ridge, overlooking a majestic vista beneath my feet. Reflecting a deep blue from the sky above, the water of the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers came together in a giant “V”, currents coursing together for the remainder of the journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest on Firsthand Florida Fun!

Duke Nicholas School – Wait, is that a baby eagle?

It was the last few days of 2016, and I was in the office. Though I was lucky enough to take off a bunch of days around Christmas, I had to make up the hours before my time sheet was inevitably due. The office was fairly quiet, so a coworker sent me the link to…

Birding Maine – Winter at Popham Beach

Most people think of beaches as summer destination spots. Sun, surf, and sand meet colorful towels and beach blankets as kids belly flop into the waves. However, during the winter months beaches become my favorite go-to destinations for a different reason: the birds. Read the rest on Bangor Daily News!

Florida State Parks – San Felasco

As the end of 2016 drew near, my husband and I treated ourselves to a walk in the woods at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park in Alachua, FL. With an extensive trail network featuring hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities, we had a lot of routes to choose from. Read the rest on Firsthand…

10000 Birds – Birds and Blooms on Garcon Point Trail

There are times when I’m driving along, and I catch sight of the signature brown and white sign indicating a Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site just up ahead. More often than not, I pull in to check it out (I always keep a pair of binoculars in the car!). That is exactly how…