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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Dauphin Island: Jewel of the Gulf Coast

Ravaged by centuries of hurricanes and war, Dauphin Island has emerged as one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings on the Gulf Coast. Located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, the barrier island on the Alabama coast offers beautiful beaches, pristine environments, coastal amenities, and a rich history. It is truly a jewel of the Gulf Coast. Long before Spanish and […]

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4 Ecosystems Meet At Coronado National Memorial

Four major ecosystems meet in Southeastern Arizona: the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Madre. This is a beautiful natural area with an unlimited supply of interesting sights to visit. The San Pedro River valley attracts hikers and birders because of the variety of species that live there. Bisbee is a friendly, funky place to wander and explore. Tombstone trades on a […]

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Edisto Beach State Park: Unspoiled Paradise

Edisto Beach State Park perfectly captures the unspoiled natural beauty of the area. There’s no roughing it here; it’s too perfect for that. Located on Edisto Island, Edisto Beach State Park is one of four oceanfront parks in South Carolina. Edisto Island lies about an hour south of bustling Charleston as the pelican flies. But […]

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Rio Grande Valley: Birds, Birds & More Birds

Located at the southern tip of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley offers the ultimate birder’s paradise. The lower Rio Grande Valley — the ancient delta of the river from Falcon Lake to the Gulf of Mexico — contains resacas or oxbow lakes, Tamaulipan thorn woodlands, marshes, wetlands, and forest. Thanks to these diverse habitats and the Valley’s […]

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