CBA – Grasses in Classes: 2018-2019 Recap

May was Grasses in Classes field trip month for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance! Nearly every day, CBA staff and AmeriCorps team members met 3rd and 5th graders across the Choctawhatchee Bay to plant smooth cordgrass and participate in fun, educational nature games. CBA’s Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct…

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…