Nat Geo – Biodiversity on Indian Cotton Farms

In 21st century agricultural practices, monoculture dominates. “Most commercial agriculture around the world comes in the form of monocultures, where whole fields are devoted to a single plant,” Andrew Flachs writes in a new article at Voices for Biodiversity, “Monocultures are stark landscapes, built around the logic of factories rather than the logic of farmers…

Florida State Parks – Oleta River

The setting sun splashed yellow and pink shades across the lapping water of Biscayne Bay. On the shores of Oleta River State Park, my friends and I felt captivated by the sunset spectacle. From where we stood on the sand, we found ourselves surrounded on one side by mangrove trees and forest. A wild fox…

Voices for Biodiversity – Apalachicola NERR

Apalachicola Bay has long been famous around the world for its thousands of acres of oyster beds. In fact, in the past, 90 percent of Eastern oysters served in Florida were from Apalachicola. However, changes in climate and reduced freshwater flow into the bay from upstream diversions are changing the estuary. Fortunately, Apalachicola Bay scientists…

Florida State Parks – Gamble Plantation

Everything had been carefully placed, from the glasses to the chairs to the portraits on the wall, to showcase what the Gamble Plantation could have looked like when first constructed by Major Robert Gamble in the 1840’s. The house itself was beautiful of course, but what really impressed me was the attention to detail that…

Birding Maine – Where to Find Great Winter Birding?

We are in the middle of a Maine winter now (despite the general lack of snow this year), which means winter birding is in full swing! Doug Hitchcox, the Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, shared some interesting tips and tricks for those of us venturing out in cold weather to find a few feathered friends….

Birding Maine – A Family Gathering at Maine Audubon

The Maine Audubon houses its offices on a beautiful piece of property in southern Maine: Gilsland Farm. Thin trails snake through golden fields and eventually to the edge of the Presumpscot River, where it widens before emptying into Casco Bay and then the Atlantic Ocean. A visitor center hosts event space, offices, a gift shop, plus…

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

Located on the Florida Panhandle, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) borders encompass over 245,000 acres, including Apalachicola Bay, wildlife refuges, state parks and more. This is one of the most productive natural systems in the United States, fed by the mighty Apalachicola River and watershed. Beginning in Georgia, the Apalachicola River is born…

Florida State Parks – Fort Mose

Sitting on a quiet 40 acres along Robinson and Baya Creeks, Fort Mose Historic State Park invites both introspection and reflection. My first stop when visiting was to the museum, where I chatted with Ranger Steven Gard. Sounds over the loudspeaker brought me mentally to the 18th century settlement of Fort Mose, the tapping of…

How to Create Change: Citizens are Heard on H.R. 621

It was the last afternoon in January and I was driving 45 minutes from a work meeting back to the office. Since I was in the car alone, I figured I’d make the most of my time and dialed my House Representative. Over the previous few days, I had grown increasingly alarmed at a number…

Florida State Parks – MacArthur Beach State Park

I will easily admit it: I love nature centers. From the smallest displays to the grandest exhibits, I adore learning about local ecosystems and how people have historically interacted with the natural resources around them. The William T. Kirby Nature Center at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park did not disappoint! Read the rest on…