A few ‘Percolation pond’ residents

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a unique “constructed wetlands” in Delray Beach, Florida, and one of the places I go birding and blog about most often. “Each day, the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility pumps approximately two million gallons of highly treated wastewater into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, which in turn acts as a percolation pond, returning billions of […]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat

One of my favorite places to bird – or just walk – is a beautiful preserve with a very long name:  The Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat. A lush, marshy wetland, with scenic views in every direction! Even on this very windy day, the Terns loved it (I think these […]

Shana Tova~!

We’ve just started celebrating a new year on the Jewish calendar, beginning with Rosh HaShana. May we all be blessed to experience a sweet new year of good health, peace, serenity, inspiration, and fulfillment! “Every year there descends and radiates a new and renewed light which has never yet shone.”  (Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh, ch. 14) “Lift high your […]

Very quiet morning

It’s hard to believe that these very same tree islands were bustling with noisy (and sometimes smelly 😏) nesting wood storks, herons, and egrets of all shapes and sizes just two months ago. Almost everyone has moved on. This morning the boardwalks were empty and quiet and the ponds were utterly still. What a tranquil time to […]

A very special Sanctuary

Are you familiar with the infamous plume trade that supplied the millinery industry just over 100 years ago? This sign at the entrance to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, near Naples, Florida, provides a glimpse into the history behind this practice . . . and, this incredible place. I cringe to think about it, but literally millions of […]