Steve’s Nature Journal


Behind the Scene at Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a “must see” in Sarasota for it’s orchids, bromiliads, koi pond, and the serene setting.  Wanting to go a bit deeper, I signed up for a chance to see the greenhouses not open to the public, where they maintain upwards of 30,000 plants if they’re not part of the main […]


Black-necked Stilts at Palmer Lake

I haven’t seen many stilts this year, and was happy to have two fly in while I was at Palmer Lake.  Turns out they were love birds!


Limpkin at Celery Fields

I returned to the Celery Fields on Sunday evening with the hopes of getting some photos of the bold limpkin on the Raymond Road boardwalk.  Typically, I don’t have much success in re-creating a natural event, but this guy seems to be a creature of habit.  Around 6:30pm, he jumped up on the boardwalk rail, […]


Myakka Gators

Gators everywhere at Myakka today.  At the weir near the concession, they were lying around in piles. I don’t know what brings them out like this, but usually you have to head down to deep hole to see this kind of quantity.

Black Bellied Plover

Siesta Key Beaches

We went to Siesta Beach at sunrise, then Turtle Beach.  Not Surprisingly, there was much more bird life at Turtle Beach, where there are fewer people taking their morning jogs and operating their metal detectors.  I have always found Turtle Beach the most reliable place for Nanday Parakeets, and today was no exception.  Also, lots […]

Prothonotary Warbler

Pinecraft Park and Phillippi Creek

We don’t have to go far around here to see a lot of birds, particularly when the spring migration starts.  Just bopping around locally, we saw 65 bird species during the last weekend.  We probably saw a lot more, but couldn’t ID them!

Great Egret with Eggs

Venice Rookery

The Venice Rookery is basically a small island in a small pond, but many birds feel safe enough to next there, and there’s always something to see  as different species are in different stages of breeding, nesting, hatching and fledging.

Florida Cooter

Little Manatee River

The Little Manatee is a beautiful, easy paddle.  I would never call it high adventure, or filled with wildlife, but it is particularly pleasant when the water is high, as it is now.  Last year, we had to get out and drag our kayaks over sandbars at least a handful of times.  I love the […]


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Lots of birds at Merritt Island, particularly at the feeder at the visitor center.  It’s really great at Merritt Island to be able to drive on the unpaved rods that track through various wetland areas, and to see young mangroves growing like at a nursery.  The coolest thing was the billowing smoke from a prescribed […]


Myakka Cattle Country

Cattle is big business in Florida, but it has a different look than in the North or West.  The water has been high around here lately, and sometimes it looks like the herd is going to run out of grazing land.

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