Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama (part 1 of 2)

I’ve often heard Dauphin Island, Alabama referred to as one of the best birding spots in the United States.  In mid-October, when the rest of my family went out of town, I visited it for the weekend.  Although the weather…

Southern Devil Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus)

On an overnight naturalist class with the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge to Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana we were shining for spiders when someone overturned a log and found a scorpion.   It…

Birding New Orleans' Audubon Zoo

My three year old son and I found ourselves with Good Friday off this year and after a faster than expected round of morning chores, decided to enjoy the weather and take a trip to the Audubon Zoo in New…

Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

When I was a child in the 80’s, every now and then we’d get a glimpse of a “gecko” and it was a real treat because they were so rare.  Yesterday, I counted eight of these Mediterranean House Geckos on…

Mouton Cove Rice Field Roost at Sunset

One of my favorite places for birding in the oppressive heat of summer is the community of Mouton Cove, Louisiana.  The working wetlands are in a period of transition from summer rice and the flooded fields are drained which coincides…