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If you’ve heard it once, you have probably heard it a thousand times. “Everything that’s there during the day is there at night.” Not so quick, though. A whole new world awakens as the sun goes down, and it is quite magical. Take some time to explore the nighttime world to find out that nature can be even neater at night! Not everyone lives where they can see the brilliant…

Read More Awaken Your Nocturnal Nature

Birding is a weird and wonderful hobby to get into. You start out with an old beat up bird guide and a cheap pair of binoculars, figuring you would just give it a shot. Before you know it your taking vacations just to add a new species to your life list, and learning bird calls like it’s your second language. It is oddly addictive and very satisfying. Somewhere between the…

Read More Bird Nerds Part of Flock for Life

As summer draws near and the temperature starts to rise, people start to look for other activities to stay cool and still enjoy nature. While Cane Creek State Park boasts over 20 miles of trail, the park has another unique feature to its name. The park offers kayaking, for rent or guided. While during the day, you can only rent kayaks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the night offers…

Read More Take a Journey to Another World

Only a few short years ago a few friends and a coworker of mine had an unusual experience while kayaking the flooded woods of Moro Bay State Park.  It was spring time and the river rose to the point where it closed the park.  This happens every couple of years at Moro Bay State Park so our facilities are built to withstand high water.  It doesn’t rise fast like it…

Read More Babysitting a Beaver

The best way to learn is to get your feet wet, or at least that is how I feel when I give this program. These park guests are taking part in my creek seining program. It was developed to help monitor the aquatic life found in Lee Creek, but it turned into so much more.  As they were scooping up fish this little girl got her first look at a…

Read More Getting Your Feet Wet

I almost always have music playing.  I have radios, cd players, mp3 players, and music on my computer and phone.  But when I go hiking I don’t take anything for music.  Nature has its own song. The rhythm section is filled by the frogs.  Frogs aren’t the most melodic animals, but add a beat to the song of the woods.  Cricket frogs have a clicking noise that to me sounds…

Read More Songs of the Woods

My office at Petit Jean State Park may be a bit cramped, but I am fortunate to have a window right beside my desk to let in the afternoon sunshine and allow me to see the comings and goings of some of the visitors to our park visitor center.  However, it can be a bit challenging to stay focused on my work at the computer when the birds come to…

Read More Distracted by the Birds at Petit Jean State Park

Now I’ll be the first to admit I am not a fan of the snow.  In fact I consider snow a 4-letter word that should not be spoken aloud, but when it adds to the fun and enjoyment of park visitors joining me for a program even a die hard rather melt in the sun individual such as me can find snow a positive thing. Last month as the snow…

Read More Snow Business Beats No Business

We had a school group come the park today and they raided the snack part of our gift shop during a break in the program.  So, it will be a good evening for our clean-up crew.  We have a special clean-up crew that works nights, 365 days a year, without holidays.  No, I am not talking about the two-legged kind of maintenance crew that comes in every morning early to…

Read More The Clean-up Crew

“The universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it.”  Alexander Solzhenitsyn A tiny island of orange beckons an orange butterfly.  Down she goes as millions of her ancestors have for eons of time.  This brilliant orange flower and this beautiful insect have a relationship common in nature.  Milkweed is required for the reproduction of the Monarch butterfly.  The plant has many defenses for protection from…

Read More The Milkweed Archipelago