Journey Home: The Story of Paton’s Birding Haven

“Journey Home – How a Simple Act of Kindness Led to the Creation of a Living Legacy” is the story about the kind and generous couple who welcomed strangers seeking to watch hummingbirds into their Patagonia, Arizona yard for decades, asking nothing in return. The story about how this remarkable place, which became known as […]

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The Enchantment of New Mexico: San Antonio & Bosque del Apache

The Land of Enchantment, the state motto of New Mexico, is certainly an apt description of a state with diverse landscape and population. This is a state in which the air is crisp, the water fresh, and the people warm and friendly. We begin in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Albuquerque and its suburbs have […]

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Magical Bosque Del Apache

There are many and varied reasons that New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment. High on that list, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a gathering sanctuary for the denizens of the sky and those who passionately adore them. Bosque del Apache includes wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests; and is considered one of […]

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Dragonfly Festival

With its wide variety of habitats ranging from the Pecos River and saline sinkholes, to ponds, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to find dragonflies. Straddling the Pecos River the Refuge consists of an assortment of water habitats. Numerous seeps and free-flowing springs, oxbow lakes, marshes and shallow water impoundments, water-filled sinkholes, […]

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The Okanagan Valley: A Special Place

From the moment you first see the Okanagan Valley, it is obviously a special place. Whether you descend the steep switchbacks of the Crowsnest Highway into Osoyoos or drive from Penticton past the rugged Skaha Bluffs, the valley appears completely different from its surroundings, almost un-Canadian. Its reputation often precedes it of course—Canada’s “pocket desert“, […]

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Lake Martin: An Accessible Louisiana Swamp and Rookery

The Cypress Island Nature Preserve at Lake Martin, just outside of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is home to a swampy ecosystem that’s full of wildlife and native plants. Unlike the deeper swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Martin can be easily reached by car and much of the surrounding area can be explored on foot or in a canoe or […]

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Discovering A Hidden Gem: Parker Canyon Lake

We’re always on the lookout for new adventures and hidden gems, places that are interesting but few people know about, even locals. It was somewhat by chance that we discovered Parker Canyon Lake. While touring Coronado National Memorial on the southern edge of the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona, we drove a winding mountain road […]

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My Top 10 List of Birds

Green jay © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Everyone has lists and seldom do any two lists agree. But lists can be interesting fodder for discussion, argument, and sometimes agreement. Some readers will wonder why I omitted some extra-popular beauties like the cedar waxwing, wood duck, blue jay, northern cardinal, meadowlark, bluebird, and painted bunting. Sorry, but sometimes a bunch of bling—I’m looking […]

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Creole Nature Trail: Bayous, Beaches & Birds

Water—seemingly everywhere—is a big part of the Creole Nature Trail experience. Part of America’s Byway’s system, this All-American Road is known for its distinct waters, pristine blue skies, and plenty of wildlife and bird watching. We used A+ Motel & RV Park on Highway 27 in Sulphur, Louisiana, as our home base while driving the Creole […]

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