A Moment in Nature Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Plants didn’t grow in one place—I couldn’t be bound to one place. All my favorite medicines—pumpkin, chamomile, mint, licorice, coneflower. They grow in different areas, at different times of the year. If we were constrained to the Long River, I would not be able to go on medicine runs. I pushed my heels into the…

A Moment in Nature Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

“They say that we can reconcile this, put it in the past. They say that we can reconcile this, leave it behind us. It’s in our blood, in these fading memories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these fleeting stories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these disappearing words…

A Moment in Nature Volunteer Park Natural Wetlands Area

“It’s not only birds who struggle. We speak in metaphor of being “drawn like a moth to the flame,” and we see moths entranced and fluttering about our porch lights. But moths are not drawn to it, they are, like birds, confused by it, their navigational systems scrambled.” – Rooted by Author Lyanda Fern Lynn…

A Moment in Nature Yellow crowned Night Heron

“Then the sugar people had to irrigate to plant their cane. They back pumped their irrigation water into the lake, along with all the pesticides, fertilizer, dead cats and old boots that the water had absorbed. As the waters around the lake receded, the rich peat used in raising the sugar cane was depleted from…

A Moment in Nature Wood Stork

“The average species persists for something like ten million years. Because this cycle of emergence/extinction has been in place for more than three billion years, vastly more species have been lost to extinction than exist today. Very infrequently, a whole bunch of niches will close at the same time, triggering what is known as a…

A Moment in Nature Red-winged Blackbird

“The Everglades were always a topic, but now they promised to become more than that. They promised to become a reason for things, a central force in my existence at the beginning of my 80th year. Perhaps it had taken me that long to figure out exactly what I was able to contribute, and for…

A Moment in Nature Killdeer

“I threw myself into the delighted atmosphere of the moment with great joy.” The Mermaid and The Bear by Ailish Sinclair

A Moment in Nature Green Heron

Sit in the forest long enough and you begin to see through animal eyes. As the fog of mindlessness starts to clear, thoughts flow away like water, cascading down the mountainsides into the valleys, seeping into the soil, deep into the core of the Earth to be purified, cleansed, reborn into the world. Beginning again…