10000 Birds – Red-throated Loon Off the Coast of Maine

“That loon looks weird,” I remarked to my mom. It certainly wasn’t the most eloquent phrase to ever fall from my lips, but it was true from my reference point. I exclusively see Common Loons, both in Maine – where I spent the holidays and into January – and at my home base in Florida. At…

Audubon Florida – Spotted! Banded Black Skimmer Heralds Conservation Success

The Tampa Christmas Bird Count was well-underway when Jeff Liechty of Audubon Florida’s coastal team spotted a banded Black Skimmer amidst a resting, mixed flock of skimmers, gulls, and pelicans. Zeroing in on its tiny, numeric bracelet, Jeff snapped photos so he could so some research and submit his critical resight data once he made it safely back…

Spin Off Magazine – Pin Loom to the Rescue!

The clear bag of qiviut fiber stayed in my stash for months. Ordered straight from the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-operative in Alaska, the impossibly soft, incredibly warm musk ox down looked clean and ready to spin every time I passed it sitting on top of my roving and yarn basket. At $45 for just…