White Pelican on the Wild Rice River, Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota<br />

Pelicans, Kingfishers, and Royal Terns

Dauphin Island is an important bird area because of the species who live here or pause for a rest during annual migrations. Even common birds thrive here–pelicans wander along the shoreline, docks, and jetties. The ones here and at Gulf Islands National Seashore are small and multi-colored, with white heads/necks and grey/black bodies rather than…

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Gators and Me

Everyone tells me, “You HAVE to go to Payne’s Prairie Reserve to see the gators. You will see many, guaranteed. Always lots of gators out there.” Sure, right. I have a wildlife jinx. When I visit a spot with guaranteed wildlife, they all scram. Time is flying though, and I only have a few weeks…

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Paradise in the North Woods

¬†This weekend I discovered¬†a nearly perfect small town that is surrounded by mountainous National Forest land, which is full of waterfalls, birds, large mammals, and endless trails that are beyond the range and interest of weekend hikers. Add a river, historic downtown, enough people to support several grocery stores and a movie theater, a super…

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Osprey and Quail

I inadvertently found a park right on the Spokane River. It is only a few miles from me. I found it while walking on the Centennial Trail; a sign pointed right and said, Corbin Park. Tango and I took the turn and walked a mile, from the urban trail through an open brushy meadow and…

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Bismarck Warbler Adventure

Been looking forward to a Friday night workshop in Bismarck. Topic: Identifying Confusing Fall Warblers. My pre-retirement bucket list contains a goal to identify the 3 dozen species of warblers who look very much alike. Fall warbler identification is even more challenging, since the breeding plummage is gone and they look even more alike. I…

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Ultimate Fall Adventure

Late afternoon on a perfect fall day. I need a fall fix: birds are migrating, trees are changing colors, and fields are nearly harvested. I need to get out soon or I will miss out as the north rapidly transitions from fall to winter. Long Lake National Wildlife refuge, which is less than an hour’s…