Landscaping With Native Plants for a Better Environment

Landscaping With Native Plants for a Better Environment

I recently bought a new house outside the city with one-acre of land.  As someone coming from living the last six years  in the New Orleans metro area, it felt like an opportunity to expand my patio gardening hobby into full-blown habitat…

Southern Devil Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus)

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

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)

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…

King Rail

King Rail

I was working down in Southwest Louisiana in Cameron Parish and we’d been hearing this loud cackling from the roadside marsh all week.  After one such bit of cackling, someone spotted a chicken-sized bird running across the road. I knew…

2014 Big (Learning to Bird) Year Wrap-up

As I posted back in late 2013, I decided to pursue a birding “Big Year” for 2014 to learn the ins and outs of bird identification.  Although I was relatively new to birding and hadn’t been keeping a “life list”,…

American Crocodile

American Crocodile

  Is it weird to put seeing certain species on your vacation plans?  Well, despite the lack of birds in my late November trip to the Everglades (with some notable exceptions), I did get to see something I’ve always wanted…

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Fall Afternoon Wildlife Photos

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Fall Afternoon Wildlife Photos

Bayou Sauvage is one of my favorite places in the New Orleans area to get away from the city but still be within a half hour drive.  It was a perfect fall afternoon for hanging out on the Madere Marsh…

Chuck-will's-widow Rescue in New Orleans Business District

Chuck-will’s-widow Rescue in New Orleans Business District

This afternoon, I was walking out of my building in the heart of the New Orleans Central Business District when I saw two people kneeling down around a large bird that had flown into the side of the glass building….