Cape Fear Raptor Center

I had the pleasure this week of visiting with some of the birds that are under the care of the Cape Fear Raptor Center in Rocky Point, North Carolina. The organization educates the public on the importance of these extraordinary creatures and provides rehabilitation services to injured raptors with the goal of releasing them back to their natural habitats.… Continue reading Cape Fear Raptor Center

Christian Faith · Nature

Gently Wakened

Oh, how I enjoy being gently wakened by a soft breeze and a sound river of birdsong just as the sun is rising! Our Creator knit us together in our mothers’ wombs and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He delights in bringing this treat of peace and pleasure for our senses before… Continue reading Gently Wakened

Nature · Sea Turtles · Wildlife and Ecology

Topsail’s Turtles

Topsail’s Turtles, Episode 2 of Wild Life! Wild Places!, on Pet Life Radio, is now available for listening. In this program, I take you to North Carolina where I am helping monitor sea turtle activity on Topsail, one of the state’s barrier islands. Topsail is a northern rookery for the threatened species that is the… Continue reading Topsail’s Turtles

Books · Grand Canyon · National Parks · Nature · Photography

Celebrating America’s National Parks

Celebrating America’s National Parks, a book on which I collaborated with Florida-based photographer, Clyde Butcher (his images, my words) was released in 2016. This volume features parks ranging from Maine’s Acadia to Alaska’s Denali to Florida’s Everglades. Shared alongside Clyde’s images, that he captured over a span of 50 years, are the fascinating details I discovered on the… Continue reading Celebrating America’s National Parks

Books · National Parks · Nature

An Apology, Some News and An Invitation

I apologize for neglecting this blog in recent days. I’ve been holed up writing and editing but will soon resume posting on this site. Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades, a book I edited, has just been released, and The National Parks, a book on which I collaborated with photographer Clyde Butcher (his photographs, my words),… Continue reading An Apology, Some News and An Invitation

Nature · Wildlife and Ecology

Sea Turtle Release off Topsail Island

Six sea turtles were returned to the ocean off Topsail Island, North Carolina, this morning after having been healed of illness or injury by the staff and volunteers of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. One by one, in slings or in the arms of caregivers, Camper, Coldie, October, River, Simon and Theodore… Continue reading Sea Turtle Release off Topsail Island

Nature · Wilderness · Wildlife and Ecology

We are the Swampians

I apologize for the long break since my last post. In the interim, we moved from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, where I’d been serving as an instructor/guide with the Grand Canyon Field Institute, to Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. We’ve settled in to our spot in the rear of the property at… Continue reading We are the Swampians