Dragonflies – Fierce Creatures

Dragonflies are fascinating insects that have captured our attention down through the ages. They have been the subject of countless stories, poetry and lore. Strangely beautiful with their large eyes, long bodies, and four large wings, hovering effortlessly in the air, they are the original drone. Dragonflies are superior in agility and deadly to a fault. Continue reading Dragonflies – Fierce Creatures

Squirrels – Nuts For Squirrels

Many find this energy-packed powerhouse a nuisance, of sorts. They can strip trees of fruit, empty a bird feeder in minutes, and chew yard ornaments into termite fodder in seconds.

However, these mischievous and clever little creatures are also true dynamites in their own light. They have adapted to urban life without missing a blink. They are hard workers. They store food caches for the future. They expend energy and they recycle. They replenish the environment around them, always leaving more than what they take. In short, we can learn a lot from a squirrel. Continue reading Squirrels – Nuts For Squirrels

The Florida Everglades – Much More Than Just Another Swamp

What thoughts are conjured up in your mind when you think of the Florida Everglades? Can you feel the sweltering humidity, the thickness in the air? Do you think of alligators slicing stealthily through the water next to the tangled roots of the intertwining mangrove forest? Do you hear the high-pitched buzzing of mosquitoes swarming in the air?

These are all things you will find here. However, the Everglades is so much more than just another swamp. It is a unique ecosystem that supports diverse plant and animal life found nowhere else. Continue reading The Florida Everglades – Much More Than Just Another Swamp

Tricolored Heron – Birds of South Florida

Blue head, white plume, red eyes… what’s that bird?

South Florida is home to over 360 species of birds. Among them, the majority are water fowl. With so many species, and so many sub-species of the same bird, it is often hard to identify many in the field. In addition to that, many birds can appear in different plumage at different times of the year. What’s a new budding birder to do?

Today we are going to take a look at a coastal bird, the Tricolored Heron, or Egretta Tricolor. These birds inhabit the coastlines of the southeastern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean islands and northern parts of Central and South America. Let’s take a closer look at these interesting birds. Continue reading Tricolored Heron – Birds of South Florida