| Jan 21, 2013
| 6:05 AM
In the early 2000s, Ruth O'Gawa and writer-photographers Joanie and Gary McGuffin quietly formed a new land conservancy.
And beginning in 2011, the conservancy, called the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, made its first three land acquisitions. The...
| Jan 2, 2013
Second of two parts.
County Commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione has a few things she wants to accomplish next year — roughly eight single-spaced, typewritten pages of them.
That is going to be one busy woman.
Aside from laying out her goals,...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 6:39 PM
With nearly 800 miles of coastline stretching along two oceans, it's no surprise that more than a million surfers and sun worship-pers flock to Costa Rica to enjoy its fabulous beaches each year. But in addition to breathtaking white sands and emerald-...
| Feb 28, 2010
Racing through a Panamanian archipelago by sport boat, I couldn't help but feel like James Bond. It was just me and a mustachioed driver, speeding toward a remote island where I would spend a few decadent days at an eco-resort, hiking the rain forest,...
| Jun 13, 2010
It sounds like someone is cracking a bull-whip on the surface of the glassy water of a swimming pool.
"Hear that?" asks Greg Allard, 60, the owner and tour guide of Southwest Florida EcoTours in Naples.
"That's a gator hitting...
| Feb 3, 2011
Often likened to a Noah's Ark due to its rich fauna, including 1,250 species of butterflies and multitudes of bird species, Costa Rica is sort of a poster child for eco-tourism. This tiny Central American country -- roughly the size of West Virginia --...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 8:21 PM
As I see the flooding of downtown Laguna again I recall the countless times retired (now deceased) Civil Engineer Gary Alstot showed the City Council what the problem is and how to fix it only to be put off for a variety of reasons. The problem is that...
| Jul 31, 2011
| 4:07 PM
Kayaking in the Mosquito Lagoon on a moonless summer night reveals blazing stars and comets — not in the sky but in waters thick with "bioluminescent" plankton.
When mullet jump out of the water, they look like rockets shooting off. Though the...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:33 PM
Community leaders, conservationists, business owners and residents wishing to learn more about the economic impact of eco-tourism and recreation on the region are invited to attend the day-long Laurel Highlands Summit to support the Laurel Highlands...
| Jun 10, 2011
Busch Gardens Tampa was New York with a very special animal ambassador – a 13-week old cheetah cub named Kasi – and animal educator Christine Charlick, to discuss the threatened cheetah population, steps that are being taken to halt the decline of the...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 1:05 PM
It's the fourth zip line that spills the surprise. Confident now, I leap off the platform to feel the cable bounce heavily, then snap taut under my weight. Gravity takes over, shooting me through a tunnel of blurring foliage until the whirr of the pulley-...
| May 7, 2009
The Historic Triangle ... Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown ... are all about the great outdoors ... even more so now, thanks to three new brochures that pitch the area's golf, biking and ecotourism.
Produced by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and...