10000 Birds – Watching the Sky at Cedar Key

The setting sun had cast a pinkish glow on the storm clouds brewing along the horizon near Cedar Key, Florida. My friends and I bobbed in the shallow water of a low tide, relaxing on the boat in the warm summer air. My friends Savanna and Travis have lived in Cedar Key for over a…

10000 Birds – Returning to Old Haunts

For three weeks in June, I traveled up and then down the eastern seaboard visiting ecological research sites.  From Florida to Maine and back again I toured urban forests, marshes, estuaries, and more, stopping along the way to visit family and friends. One particular resting place brought me to familiar birding territory: Pleasure House Point,…

10000 Birds – Research and Birding at Elkhorn Slough

“What’s that?” I asked Virginia Guhin, Education Programs Coordinator of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ES NERR). We walked some of the trails at the reserve, and I had spotted a large bird hovering in mid-air, almost like a helicopter, just with more flapping. Peering through my binoculars, I saw a white bird…