Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

A humpback whale diving in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston (photo by Cheryl Landes) Take ride on the Aurora with Boston Harbor Cruises and Laura Howes, the head naturalist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston. The sanctuary was created in … Continue reading Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

The Mima Mounds Naural Area Preserve in Olympia, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes The Mima Mounds is a mystery. No one knows for sure how the bumpy landscape originated in these 637 acres of prairie grasslands. Theories are abundant, from pocket gophers excavating nest chambers to permafrost cracking near the end of the Ice Age. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Armchair photo tours: A walk at Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens

Flowers at Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens is a series of demonstration gardens that provide ideas for gardeners looking at ways to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to their backyard spaces. The three acres are tended by volunteers. Every time I go for … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A walk at Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Watch bald eagles on a Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise

A bald eagle perched on a pine branch overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho (photo by Cheryl Landes) Every year in December and early January, hundreds of bald eagles stop at Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho during their migration to Alaska for the summer. They congregate at Wolf Lodge Bay at the north … Continue reading Watch bald eagles on a Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise

Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

Puffin (photo by Cheryl Landes) Updated November 14, 2020 The entire lecture series is now available to stream athogisland.audubon.org/programs/lecture-series. ------------------------------------- If you're new to birding or an avid birder, the Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series has something for you. These free lectures start tonight and continue every Tuesday, except Election Day, through November 17. … Continue reading Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

A red-legged kittiwake in the aviary at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward Photos by Cheryl Landes Visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is a fun educational experience that combines close-up encounters with local marine life and birds, and interactive exhibits describing their habitats, behaviors, and the environmental factors affecting their survival. The Alaska … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

Armchair photo tours: A cruise from Seward to Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park

Photos by Cheryl Landes Kenai Fjords National Park is a great place to get close-up views of glaciers, mountains, and wildlife on foot or by boat. I'll share my experiences during a hike to Exit Glacier in another armchair photo tour, but today, we're taking a cruise in Resurrection Bay from Seward to the day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A cruise from Seward to Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park