Mimi Gardenerd

“I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out

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 Haupt

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 an original 30 feet deep to above five feet. It was gradually eaten up by direct exposure to the sun. There were so many peat fires every spring that you got a reek of peaty smoke from West Palm Beach south to Miami. The engineers drained to satisfy the sugar people, then drained some more to satisfy the cattle people, who wanted more dry land to support their dairy herds. The dairy herds produced manure, and the manure found its way into the rivers that flow into the lake. Very soon, Lake Okeechobee was polluted. You could fly over it and see how brown it was. A pernicious weed called the hydrilla began to show itself just below the surface. Hydrilla takes up all the oxygen, and kills the fish.” – Voice of a River by Author Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

“Once upon a time, there was a family of Celtic women with healing hands and giving hearts, who knew the value of the earth and used its abundance to heal, to soothe, to comfort” Midnight at the Blackbird Café: A Novel Heather Webber

A Moment in Nature Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge

“Love can’t cure a broken heart, but it can hold the two sides together while they heal ”

The Book Charmer a Novel by Karen Hawkins

A Moment in Nature Everglades

Everglades – Planning Your Visit | FWC (myfwc.com)

“The source can be only the beginning in time and space, and the end is the future and the unknown. What we can know lies somewhere between.” The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Robert Fink

A Moment in Nature Peeps

Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. – Susan L. Taylor

A Moment in Nature Long Key Natural Area

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. Saint Francis de Sales

A Moment in Nature Great Egret

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. Saint Francis de Sales

A Moment in Nature Pileated Woodpecker

Week #5 observing and recording a video of a wild pair of Pileated Woodpecker who choose to nest in a pole on Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary property.

The European Starling nest is not vacant as two of the fledges are learning to forage for food for themselves from a lower cavity their parents have left. And the honey bees are a rich source located in a cavity between theirs and the Pileated Woodpeckers cavity at the top of the pole.

A Moment in Nature Burrowing Owl

Should I take the Talon Crunch as a sign of aggression?

Listing Status
Federal Status: Not Listed
FL Status: State-designated Threatened
FNAI Ranks: G4T3/S3 (Globally: Apparently Secure, Sub sp. Rare/ State: Rare)
IUCN Status: LC (Least Concern)

Burrowing owls are different than other owls as they are active during the day time (diurnal) rather than at night (nocturnal) during breeding season. During the non-breeding season, they become more nocturnal.

For more information visit this site Burrowing Owl | FWC (myfwc.com)