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Lost in Florida: Part one in a series

Evidence of human presence in the Everglades stretches back 15 millennia, making the relatively recent discovery of Florida significant, but somewhat less impactful.
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Outdoor Learning: Easter and epiphytes

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZ,Master Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter It’s a marvel to see Resurrection Fern and the native Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis) growing together ...
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Outdoor Learning: Dancing with the daffodils

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZ,Master Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter In Florida we do not get to walk through a meadow of glorious daffodils! Actually, there is ...
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Outdoor Learning: Those charming snakes

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZMaster Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter I see snakes several times a month in my natural yard of two acres. I grew  up ...
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A different kind of circus story

She's been a clown, a magician, a costume-maker and promoter ... all after her five kids were grown....
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OUTDOOR LEARNING: Remedial Birding

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZ, Master Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter I participated in the Great American Backyard Bird Count several years ago when I was taking ...
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OUTDOOR LEARNING: Wildlife Supermarket

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZ, Master Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter If you want to bring wildlife close, then plant a firebush (Hamelia patens) near a window. ...
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A single red rose means forever

“A single rose means ‘I love you forever,’ ” he said, handing it to me. Suddenly, I was laughing. The $3 he’d paid was probably the last cash in his pocket....
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Outdoor Learning: Valentines in Nature

The red maple is dressed with red bowties, setting the bee world abuzz with pollinating. If that isn’t love, then what is?...
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What’s the real story behind Valentine’s Day?

The Roman Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine (also known as Valentinus) all of whom were martyred....
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