The leatherbacks are here!

The first leatherback nests of the 2018 season ~ two ~ were deposited on Hutchinson Island.


Florida Wildlife says they’re the first nests laid in Florida this year.

All sea turtle species are doing pretty well, says Grace Dotson, a senior scientist at Ecological Associates. She monitors nests on sections of shoreline throughout the Treasure Coast.

“The loggerheads are holding their own and green sea turtles are definitely on the uptick,” Dotson said. “Only the leatherbacks, on our beaches anyway, had kind of an off year.”

Sea turtles have evolved over the years to deal with hurricanes, bona fide comeback kids.

Take that, Irma.

Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause. It’s out of this world.



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Unusual Point of View Provided by the Iroquois Nation and This Week’s Gone-Viral-Eagle-Soaring-You-Tube COULD be a Metaphor for Congress. (A 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

Bald Eagles (despite Ben Franklin’s doubts)

are born to be above it all.

(Now they do steal fish from Osprey, which makes them only human,

but maybe easier to emulate?)

Congress needs to mime our National symbol.

Soar. Get a long view. Be like the Iroquois:

“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation;

even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine!”

(To speak baldly.)


This unusual point of view comes from Last-Week’s-Gone-Viral You-Tube of the Bald Eagle soaring with a camera on its back. Even if it’s fake, it’s awesome.

This photo was taken by Doreen Orciari. It was a 90 degree day and this Bald Eagle HAD been soaring. I think Congress needs to also see what it looks like to be tired from having striven to soar and be above it all. The second picture shows the guy actually panting, something I’d like to see our Congress doing.

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(Terribly Unfair* To, Well, You Decide, Dear Reader) Nauset Closure Action and the Piping Plover: What’s This “Mitigation” Business? (A 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

Piping Plovers, ROVs, the Coyotes, and the Crows

Mitigate is what it’s called

when beach-lovers and environmentalists barter

so that Off Road Vehicles can ride the sand spits

they’ve ridden forever AND not make it worse for the Piping Plovers.

Build a berm, hire watchers, erect fences, monitor predators.

Sound OK?

Yes, until we get to the part about “removing” the latter,

as in kill the coyote, crow, raccoon, skunk, and fox:

Mitigation run amok is what I call it.


*This 420 Character, 9 Line Poem is written for all the four legged mammals and the Black-backed Gulls and Crows who haven’t (yet) learned to speak for themselves in this Mitigation Scheme:

A piping plover incubating a nest.

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piping plover nesting area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)