10000 Birds – On the Lake with American White Pelicans

I’ve made some new friends in 2022. For the past few years, they’ve been mere acquaintances, passing through North Florida on their way to who knows where. I’d spot them from the distance along the coast or swirling high overhead, their bright plumage glinting in the sunshine. But now, they’ve decided to become full-time winter…

Audubon Florida – MaVynne Betsch’s Legacy Lives On in Protected Coastline

NPS Photo/Charles Stankiewicz. “Getting the most from the least and living peacefully in harmony with nature is the most rewarding lifestyle.” ~ MaVynne Betsch Reaching out across the undulating waves of a deep blue Atlantic Ocean, the NaNa Dunes cover more than 8 acres; their tall, sandy forms are topped with sea oats and short, scrubby…

Audubon Florida – Best Florida Bird of 2021

On a breezy, sunny, September day, my toddler, husband, and I turned onto the access road of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico. St. Marks has fast become my favorite birding spot, with more than 68,000 acres protecting marsh, forest, and coastline.  Still, I wasn’t really expecting to see a plethora…