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Let’s face it, birders can be a serious bunch. There are both written and unspoken rules that garner more than just glares if broken – God forbid you point or wear white boots. I’m pretty sure laughter is generally frowned …
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It started as a rustle in the carpet of dried leaves, a distant whisper in Rwanda’s foothills barely audible above the squeaks of towering bamboo as woody neighbors rubbed against one another in an unsynchronized symphony. One of our guides …
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It was my second day gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and I thought I knew the gig. My first hike, in the medium difficulty category, had been an easy stroll through bamboo and montane forest into an open …
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On land the town of Steinhatchee offers visitors little more than a food mart, gas station, and a smoked mullet stand, but on the river things are different. Marinas are well-equipped, the public boat ramp runs like clockwork and every …
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Bold blue and yellow flowers, as well as delicate pink and purple, peeked through brown grass. South Florida’s native blueberry offered small but luscious fruits. Young, new leaves promised renewal of a cowhorn orchid that was thought to have been lost …
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I wanted to visit Dry Tortugas National Park long before I understood what or where it was. It sounded exciting – a tropical island far removed from the rest of the Florida Keys and an oasis for marine and bird …
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Olive branches on Palm Sunday? I was intrigued by the concept even before I discovered that the branches were to be festooned in small salamis, miniature cheeses, and occasionally a fresh fish. I was on Italy’s Amalfi coast for Holy …
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Our goal was to see 100 bird species in and around Everglades National Park by the end of the day – The Fifth Everglades Century Day by the same core team of Floridians and Marylanders. We’d succeeded on our last …
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My first post-Hurricane Irma trip to the Keys was in early December. There were still a few signs of the storm in Miami – walls crumbled by giant trees whose roots had gathered the surrounding earth and raised it to …
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