10000 Birds – Looking for Waterfowl in Gulf Islands National Seashore

After being “officially” closed during the government shutdown, Florida’s Gulf Islands National Seashore didn’t look too worse for wear when my husband and I visited over the weekend. Some sand had drifted over the road, and visitors were climbing the dunes (DON’T DO THAT), but otherwise both the beach and the shoreline along the sound…

National Parks Traveler – Legacy on the Land Book Review

“I saw a big connection between our disrespect for nature and the disrespect we show to ourselves and for each other” – Audrey Peterman. Many national park enthusiasts can recite the history of the system or their favorite site by memory. They laud the conservationists and leaders who knew we must protect precious natural landscapes…

10000 Birds – Maine’s Great Black Hawk, Rescued!

A few days before Christmas, I vibrated in the passenger seat of my mother’s car as she turned towards Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The Great Black Hawk – a species with a native range in Mexico to South America – had been spotted in this park for weeks, but not every day. Though I had arrived…

National Parks Traveler – Searching for the Abaco Parrot

Tall pine trees wave overhead, filtering the bright Bahamas sunshine through a canopy of thick needles. Tangled vegetation and underbrush lines the trail at Abaco National Park, reminding me of my home in Northwest Florida. My husband and I strolled through Abaco National Park with one mission in mind: spotting an Abaco Parrot. Read the…

National Parks Traveler – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

We hiked through the trees, towards a break in the canopy that told us Lake Michigan was just up ahead. My mom and I had been driving mere minutes before, pulling a U-turn when a brown sign told us that an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore access point sat less than a mile away. Having never…

Hook and Trigger – Red Tide Blooms in Panhandle

In 2018, red tide has been a scourge on Florida’s coasts, even reaching as far northwest as the Panhandle. The red tide algal blooms, known scientifically as Karenia brevis, have been naturally occurring on Florida’s coasts for centuries. In fact, fish kills were documented in Tampa Bay by Spanish explorers. Read the rest of the Hook…

Hook and Trigger – Tourneys Inspire Next Generation

Northwest Florida is known for its angling tournaments, from the world-famous Destin Fishing Rodeo to the Marlin Classic and more. In the summer of 2018, another group of events targeted a unique audience: kids! Read the entire Hook and Trigger article below:

CBA – St. Joe Community Foundation Funds High School Oyster Program

To engage area youth in oyster restoration, the St. Joe Community Foundation is granting the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) $18,300 to bring their Spat On! program to 250 high school students in Walton County. In addition to providing monthly instruction and in-class lessons to foster understanding of oyster ecology and estuarine habitat, CBA will work…