BIRDING FLORIDA’S ‘NATURE COAST’

“A string of counties studded with emerald-like gulf waters, deep springs and rivers, stretching along the same Florida coast” John Muir 1867 https://www.naturecoaster.com/discover-the-history-of-floridas-nature-coast/ “A string of counties”: Eight counties to be exact. Eight counties carved from the Big Bend Coast geological region. Eight counties that came together in the 1990s to form an unofficial region […]

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HAPPY EARTH DAY: A STORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL RECLAMATION & REDEMPTION

This Sandhill Crane pair is raising their family in Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Florida. When Ann and I lived in Gainesville in 1977-78, the 125 acres that now comprise the park had been ‘murdered’. Sweetwater Branch was the recipient of treated and untreated wastewater from Gainesville’s sewage plant. It caught trash from overflows of […]

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GREAT BLUE HERONS: DINOSAURS AMONG US

Great Blue Herons are favorites of mine. They are tough & adaptive survivors. They have survived everything we have thrown at them. They even seem to take sweet revenge by raiding urban koi ponds and in an infamous case here in metro-Atlanta stealing trout off the lines of fishermen on the Chattahoochee River. But just […]

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BARRED OWLS ARE GREAT PARENTS & EARLY THOUGHTS ON OMDS OM-1

These are the barred owls that make Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve home. In these shots they are taking well deserved naps. Their nest box has 3 active owlets & like all youngsters the owlets are either sleeping or wanting to eat. These two are Poster Birds for active parenting. After mating and up to laying […]

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A COMING-BACK STORY: OSPREYS

Close Up Of Osprey Soaring In Blue Sky Over Southeast Georgia Coastline

I think it’s clear that I love conservation comeback stories. It’s maybe more accurate to say coming-back stories. There’s not many better than the Osprey’s. They were big time victims of the 1950-70s pesticide onslaught that took down many of our bird species, especially large raptors. DDT being the primary villain. Many local Osprey populations […]

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GLENN CREEK NATURE PRESERVE: A (MY) NEIGHBORHOOD BIORESERVE

Inaugural @rushingoutdoors hosted bird walk to Glenn Creek Nature Preserve. This neighborhood greenspace was formerly a lot that was going to be sold to developers. The Glennwood Estates community and friends and City of Decatur, came together to save this small, but important remnant of old Peidmont forest. It is now a bioreserve and being […]

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IN PRAISE OF LEAF “LITTER”

I will start by admitting that I’ve not always praised dead, fallen leaves ‘littering’ our lawn. I invested (heavily) in a wide range of tools, especially gas-powered, as well as yard crews, so that each Fall we could rid our little ecosystem of unsightly disorder of dead organic material on top of our lawn. Then […]

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WINTER VISITORS TO OUR YARD: RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet With Full View Of Ruby Crown

Pure energy packed into a tiny package. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are short-haul migrant winter visitors to our neighborhood. They only migrate to and from the U.S.’s south and northern Mexico to the upper regions of Canada. This is even more remarkable when you think about just how tiny they are: 3.5-4.3 in (9-11 cm), 0.2-0.3 oz […]

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BIRDING THE HISTORIC AND STORIED LOWCOUNTRY

Wood Stork Wading and Reflection

The low country of Georgia and South Carolina is the geographic area of coastline and barrier islands where the coastal plain meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is indeed low. In many places ground is at sea level or just below. Making it a land of bottomland swamps, broad river deltas, tidal creeks, and estuarine marshes. […]

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