Clapper Rails

  by Zach McKenna Have you ever been out on the water floating by a salt marsh estuary and hear a distinct clapping noise coming from in between the stems of cord grass? Once you hear this sound, you’ll always be able to identify it as the Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris).  This salt-water marsh hen […]

The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) has been the National Emblem since 1782. Here in Florida, we are lucky to support the highest number of breeding pairs in the lower 48 states. However it hasn’t always been this way. In 1973 there were only 88 breeding pairs and they continued to remain on the Endangered Species […]

Ecotours and Alligators

  Ecotours and Alligators By Trish Elliot   Zach McKenna, the owner and operator of St. Augustine Ecotours.com, strives to both support and expand the natural experience of witnessing nature.   Zach grew up in the marshes of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and worked as a naturalist and guide as a young man, which fueled […]

Ecotours and Alligators

  Ecotours and Alligators By Trish Elliot   Zach McKenna, the owner and operator of St. Augustine Ecotours.com, strives to both support and expand the natural experience of witnessing nature.   Zach grew up in the marshes of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and worked as a naturalist and guide as a young man, which fueled […]

The Snowy Egret and Great Egret of Florida

  The Snowy Egret and Great Egret of Florida By Trish Elliot Florida abounds with gorgeous, exotic birds, boasting of over 500 species, and is one of the most famous birdwatching destinations in the world. Some of the best sightings in Florida can be found in the St. Augustine area.   St. Augustine Ecotours have […]

The Birds of St. Augustine, Florida

  The Birds of St. Augustine, Florida  By Trish Elliot Florida abounds with gorgeous, exotic birds,  boasting of over 500 species, and is one of the most famous birdwatching destinations in the world.  Some of the best sightings in Florida can be found in the St. Augustine area.   St. Augustine Ecotours have informative and […]

The Manatee and Ecotourism

  By Trish Elliott Ecotourism is a worldwide movement, but one that hasn’t taken hold in the United States as it has in third world countries. The definition of ecotourism, according to Wikipedia, is the following: “a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often […]

The Camping Challenge

Ah…the peace and excitement of leaving civilization. Whether packing up with friends, family, or heading out solo, it’s time for a little relaxation with some thrills and chills to boot. Some call camping a sport, others refer to it as the simple life. Peace, quiet, great hunting locations, streams and lakes thriving with fish, and […]