Park Beautification with City Year Volunteers

It’s spring — or at least it is here in Miami, where winter is generally somewhere between fleeting and nonexistent. That means it’s time for my firm’s annual collection of service projects, which I am always excited to join. Unlike last year, when I traveled all the way to Ft. Lauderdale to build habitats for … Read morePark Beautification with City Year Volunteers

Birding Adventures at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Winter is the time of year when migratory birds make their home in South Florida, and our native birds gear up for mating season. It’s also the time of year when we are least likely to be attacked by mosquitoes, so winter is our preferred time for getting out and seeing South Florida wildlife. One … Read moreBirding Adventures at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Enjoying the Silence at Shark Valley in Everglades NP

  It’s hard to believe that we have been living full time in Miami for over a year, and had not yet visited the Everglades from our new home base. Miami has the distinction of bordering two of the most unique national parks in the country — the underwater wonderland of Biscayne National Park and … Read moreEnjoying the Silence at Shark Valley in Everglades NP

Fighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Florida’s subtropical climate creates a unique ecosystem that is, unfortunately, ripe for invasion by plants, animals and insects from similar climates around the world. Filling South Florida with invaders from tropical areas is a time-honored tradition — many pioneers came to Florida specifically to grow tropical plants such as coconut palms and pineapples. One of … Read moreFighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Flying Insects! (The Non-Creepy Kind)

Outside of honeybees and perhaps ladybugs, most insects don’t get a lot of love, and the flying kind are particularly unwelcome.  (Termites, biting flies and roaches = blech!) The major exception is butterflies, which seem to be universally beloved. Everyone loves butterflies, including us. We found a South Florida destination devoted to butterflies that features … Read moreFlying Insects! (The Non-Creepy Kind)