10000 Birds – The Amusing Case of the Gulf Breeze Canada Geese

Next door to my hometown, the Gulf Breeze Zoo occupies 50 acres near the Santa Rosa Sound. While I harbor mixed feelings about zoos in general, this facility seems to make the best effort possible to keep animals in interesting enclosures, move them to different areas of the zoo to maintain novel surroundings, and invest…

National Parks Traveler – Podcast: Sooty Terns And National Park Guidebooks

“Are you familiar with Sooty terns? It’s an interesting seabird species with mysterious travels. In this week’s National Parks Traveler podcast, Erika Zambello (that’s me!) speaks with Dr. Ryan Huang about a decades-long research study on Sooty Terns in the Dry Tortugas. After they nest in the spring at Dry Tortugas National Park, where do…

10000 Birds – The Skimmers have Returned to Navarre Bridge

A few miles from my home, a bridge rises gradually over the water of Santa Rosa Sound. Linking the mainland of the Florida Panhandle to the barrier island of Navarre Beach, half the bridge structure slopes to the water as sandy edges and sea wall. Between the grasses growing in tufts here and there, Black Skimmers and Least…