One of my current projects is to bring the Ospreys of Pelican Island: An exploration into the life of the Fish Hawk program up-to-date by giving it a whole new slide show and reformatting the way the material is presented. It’s a bit of an chore but the final outcome should be worth the effort and will definitely breath new life into the presentation. I am currently taking bookings if anyone is interested in having me present the new and […]
White Pelicans and other birds hunker down against the chilly and windy sunset on Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon. Pelican Island has the distinction of being the first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States created by special order of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Florida, Indian River Lagoon, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, Pelican Island, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, President Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS, White Pelican
With the threat of Hurricane Erika fizzling out it seems only appropriate on this rainy weekend to remember Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne that hit Indian River County, Florida, on September 4 and September 26, 2004 respectively with enough force to sow widespread damage in their wakes. These photos were taken with a small Olympus pocket camera that rendered images in the, then, astounding image resolution of 4 megapixels. The little camera is quite the trooper and I still sometimes use […]
Categories: Weather • Tags: Fire Department, Florida, Florida National Guard, Florida State Trooper, hurricane, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Jeanne, Indian River County, National Guard, State Trooper, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS, Vero Beach
A Pileated Woodpecker up at the crack of dawn clutches a palm tree at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR). This bird is about the size of a crow. “Pileated” means “crested”, which makes the name an apt description for one of this woodpecker’s most distinctive field marks. This is a male Pileated Woodpecker denoted by his red mustache coming down off his bill, or beak, if you prefer. The female’s mustache is all black.
Once more in Riverview Park in Sebastian the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival presents its annual commemoration of the foundation of the National Wildlife Refuge System through an Executive Order of President Theodore Roosevelt on 14 March 1903 and the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge at nearby Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Below are some images from the festival starting with the exhibit from the wildlife hospital of melancholy looking birds of prey who, for one reason or […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: birds of prey, Bottlenose Dolphin, Indian River Lagoon, National Wildlife Refuge System, Paul Kroegel, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island WIldlife Festival, President Theodore Roosevelt, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Riverview Park, Sebastian, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS
A brief late afternoon visit to the beach at Bob Bruce and Janice Broda’s house allowed for some quick captures of some passing birds. Naturally, the Pelicans flew by as I was putting the camera away so I missed them. And did I mention that these photos were taken in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, next door to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, on the 111th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System! Moments before this Cormorant had been […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, beach, birding, Cormorant, National Wildlife Refuge System, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Ring-billed Gull, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS, Willet
International tiger conservationist Takako Hashimoto-Sato, a former USFWS employee, traveled from her home in Japan to attend the 50th anniversary of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and invited me along as her guest. In 1963, the year after NASA acquired the land that would become Kennedy Space Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was allowed to come in and manage all the natural areas as a refuge, which the USFWS continues to do to this day. To mark the […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: 50th Anniversary, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, MINWR, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Shuttle Atlantis, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS