An adventurous traveler shares stories of destinations around the world and close to home.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Protecting Nesting Shorebirds
At the moment, the beaches in Florida are still picture-purfect (no oil in sight). Here's a photo of me shot over Memorial Weekend at Honeymoon Island State Park ... I volunteer to protect nesting shorebirds from predators like drunk boaters and their dogs. Not a bad gig, really. Most people see the signs and the taped off areas and understand they need to keep out. A lot of islands around Tampa Bay are rookeries and nesting is in full swing right now, so if you're at the beach and see the posted areas for nesting birds, please be nice and do not enter. This is an American oystercatcher, one of the threatened nesting birds.
Some people wonder “What is the meaning of life?” I, on the other hand, wonder where my next trip will take me. Welcome to my site, Getaway Girl Travels. I am a travel writer based in Tampa, Florida, but you won't see any guides to theme parks here. I do adventure travel "light": skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking and exploring the great outdoors.
My travels have taken me from cruising the Yangtze River in China to skiing and biking in Switzerland and kayaking in the Everglades. I love living here in the Sunshine State, so exploring Florida is always a great getaway!
My travel stories have been published on VisitSouth.com, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, Miami Herald, and Allegiant Airlines Sunseeker.