Category Archives: Conservation

Birding Florida’s Nature Coast

There is no hard edge to the west coast of Florida. The land is a freshwater sponge of limestone, fed by rain and percolating springs. The water is an intricate filigree of creeks, threading their way through the salt marsh. … Continue reading

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Road Trip!

ALBUQUERQUE. Standing at Wyoming and Lomas, breathing the exhaust of nine lanes of traffic, I wait for the #33 bus to take me another 1 ½ miles to Menaul. I began this trip with an open mind, but have since … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Rangers

Ranger Pat can tell I’m cold, wet, and tired. I walk into the visitors’ center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, my rain gear soaking wet, eyes bleary from lack of sleep. It rained all night long, thunder and lightning, hail … Continue reading

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The Joy of Not Knowing

We emerge from the smoggy, gauzy, familial holiday cocoon; navigate the landmines of expedition preparations and packing; survive the stalled outlet-shopper traffic on the I-5; exit the highway at Eugene and head east. As the sun sets we leave the … Continue reading

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In the Tin Business

Crisp autumn breezes flow through downtown Eagle, Alaska.  It’s early September, and the birches and aspens glow, their soft buttery-yellow leaves vibrant against the bright blue sky.  I breathe deep, savoring the clean air – and inhale the smell of … Continue reading

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No matter how many families you have, there is always room in your heart for more.  I got adopted last week, even though I’m not an orphan by any stretch of the imagination.  The Peregrine Falcon survey crew came to … Continue reading

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Morale took a nosedive this week.  Extra trash to clean up from the Fourth of July weekend.  Office politics.  Missing tools.  Broken stuff.  And rain for three days.  I’ve been in Eagle for exactly six weeks now, and so far … Continue reading

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