14 Natural Events in October

October is my favorite month, and I’m so excited it’s finally here again! In every day of this month there’s always something beautiful to experience with all five senses – it just makes me happy. Of course there’s the typical experiences: watching the leaves change, tasting the harvest, feeling the crisp air, smelling the aroma…

Polar bear vs Arctic robot

An adorable video was captured of a polar bear reacting to an Arctic robot. A nearby camera, as well as the robot itself, gained some rather amusing footage. In 2011, John Downer Productions for the BBC used three remotely controlled miniature devices equipped with high definition cameras to document the behavior of undisturbed polar bears…

Whooping Cranes, another victim of Hurricane Harvey?

Did you know that in 1941 there were only 15 whooping cranes left in the world? 15! It’s believed that roughly 1400 whooping cranes existed in 1860. Their population declined because of hunting and habitat loss which nearly pushed this beautiful, over-sized bird to extinction. Today, the wild flock has increased to a little over…

13 Natural Events in September

September – the seventh month of the old Roman year. By the Julian arrangement, it became the ninth month but still retained its former name. This month marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Nature is everywhere, and it’s difficult to put every event in one place. But some events occur so…

Lots of bees in my yard; I like it!

My yard is always teeming with bees, butterflies and all sorts of various beneficial insects. Yes, I said “beneficial.” And we do nothing to get rid of them. That’s not a complaint; it’s by design. I don’t want to get rid of most of those bugs – especially not the bees. I’m sure by now you…

Have You Seen This Hummingbird Before?

I bet this bird doesn’t come to your feeder: It’s called the Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird. The male Booted Racket-tail is a spectacular hummingbird with metallic green plumage and an elaborate tail longer than the tiny bird itself! This streamer-like tail features two elongated feathers tipped with blunt blueish “rackets.” Females lack the long tail, but…

Webcams Have Been Updated!

The Webcams page has been updated! There are four new webcams for you to enjoy, and they’re all African Cams located in Central Kenya. Here, you’ll get to watch hippos do what hippos do best (and you too during the summer) — floating in the pool and basking on the beach. You’ll watch all sorts…

What to do When You Find a Baby Bird

Just the other day, when I went to get the mail, I found a baby bird sitting on the ground under our maple tree. When I looked up, I noticed a bird’s nest directly above where the baby bird had fallen and a very frantic mother robin flying around my head. I wasn’t the only…

Nesting Sea Turtle Update for Juno Beach, FL

The 2016 nesting sea turtle season is kicking up into full gear. The loggerheads began nesting in mid-April, and currently 20-100 new nests are being documented each night! The loggerhead nests are currently trending ahead of 2012 results (the previous high record year for loggerheads.) Peak nesting for loggerheads typically occurs in late June to…

The Return of the Cicadas, Brood V

The noise will be almost constant as the males assemble in huge “choirs” to sing and attract mates. They’ll hit windshields, annoy bicyclists, possibly damage young trees, and scare the living crap out of you by landing in your hair. They’re cicadas, specifically 17-year cicadas, or periodical cicadas, which have spent the past 17 years…

Red Knot and Horseshoe Crab

Deborah Cramer, whose beautifully titled Pulitzer prize winner, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, celebrates the courageous — even miraculous — life of the red knot, spoke at the Library Society in Charleston, South Carolina on May 11. It was too far for me to attend, but I heard…

Watch Nesting Pelicans Live on the Pelicam

The Crab Bank ‘Pelicam,’ in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, brings you live video of nesting pelicans. Special thanks goes to Charleston Harbor Pilots, Stasmayer, Mount Pleasant Radio, and the SC Department of Natural Resources for making the Crab Bank Pelicam possible. Located just offshore of Mount Pleasant in Charleston Harbor, SC, within paddling distance of…

Three New Webcams

Three new webcams have been added to the site! Shark cam: This really cool cam is located in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off the coast of North Carolina and has tons of marine life. Mostly you see fish (which hysterically seem like they’re all looking right at the camera), but occasionally you see a…

A Turtle’s Eye View of the Reef

Ever wonder what life looks like below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef? See it through the eyes of a sea turtle. To better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles, conservationists carefully fastened a GoPro to the back of a female sea turtle. The footage the camera collected gives us a unique…

7 Hawaiian Monk Seals: Happy, Healthy & Home Again

After eight months of rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, a Hawaiian monk seal hospital, seven young seals are strong enough to return to their ocean home. It’s been just a week since the release of the first of the seven Hawaiian monk seals — Kilo — was released back into the wild, and she’s already…

‘Inky’ the Octopus Makes a Break for It

There’s something about a good jailbreak that captures the human imagination. Maybe it’s the cunning derring-do of the escapee; maybe it’s our own longing to break free. Add eight arms to the getaway and people really become entranced. Have you ever heard of an escape from an aquarium back to the ocean? (And no, Nemo and gang…

Update on Leatherbacks in Panama

My sea turtle post from March 31 mentioned the leatherbacks had begun nesting at research sites in Panama, Costa Rica, and Florida. Since they started early this year, we’re hoping for a good season for them. I have an update on the Panama sites, and the happy news that leatherbacks aren’t the only sea turltes…

Which Hummingbird Species Are You?

The National Audubon Society has put out a new fun quiz: Which Hummingbird Species Are You? And again it’s only 4 questions long — easy-peasy, and no commitments. Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures, tiny and beautiful, yet resilient and diverse. They snap up our attention with their aerial skills and marvelous plumage. Between being the world’s…

Cheeeeeese!

Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization out of Santa Monica, CA, posted this as their “photo of the month,” and I couldn’t resist sharing. It kind of makes you think of Bruce from Finding Nemo, doesn’t it? This hilarious picture of a smiling lemon shark was caught on film underwater in Juniper, FL by Kenneth…

Springtime Mating Season PSA

  Love is in the air! Everywhere you look around. Every sight and every sound; in the whisper of the trees and in the thunder of the of the seas. The outdoors is full of sights and sounds as the animals perform to attract mates for the springtime mating season. If you see an animal…