EARTH DAY 2021

Saluting Rachel Carson and A SILENT SPRING Essay and photos by Patricia Zick @PCZick “All mankind is in her debt.” Sen Abraham Rubicoff in 1964 after the death of Rachel Carson You might ask who is Rachel Carson? I had heard of her prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2010, but I wasn’t completely awareContinue reading “EARTH DAY 2021”

#BP Oil Spill Four Years Ago – Let Us Not Forget

BP’s oil spill in 2010 still haunts us today as scientists study the lingering effects of the millions of barrels of oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the spill, I worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a public relations director. Immediately, our agency became watchdogsContinue reading “#BP Oil Spill Four Years Ago – Let Us Not Forget”

#BP Oil Spill Four Years Later

Almost four years after Deepwater Horizon caught on fire and opened up the well that gushed millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, some of the long term effects are being felt. BP’s oil spill may be with us for many decades to come. Let us not forget the lessons learned. SafetyContinue reading “#BP Oil Spill Four Years Later”

Natives Lands – Chapter One

When the Spanish landed near St. Augustine, Florida, in the sixteenth century, the Timucua (Spanish named them; the Timucua near St.Augustine called their village Seloy) occupied several hundred villages in one-third of Florida. Most historians agree they lived from St. Augustine to west of Tallahassee, and south to Tampa Bay. Much of what we doContinue reading “Natives Lands – Chapter One”

The Sexy Horseshoe Crab

I went down to the water’s edge to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico and grabbed a few photos of the sun setting behind one of the tree islands in the Ten Thousand Island area off the coast of Florida. Something near my feet caught my eye. I turned my camera from theContinue reading “The Sexy Horseshoe Crab”

Shorebird Love

On our recent trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, many things disappointed me about Vilano Beach (on the Atlantic near St. Augustine) where my daughter lives. The disappearing beach from erosion, dredging the channel at Porpoise Point, driving on the beach, and building of mansions too close to fragile nesting areas for endangered speciesContinue reading “Shorebird Love”

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Endangered Species Day is May 17. Forty years ago, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became reality. Ever since, state and federal wildlife agencies have worked together to ensure no wildlife ever goes extinct. But there’s more to the ESA than most people know. Those dedicated folks who tend to our endangeredContinue reading “Celebrate Endangered Species Day”

Current Events Creep into Fiction

Fellow blogger and author Annamaria Bazzi hosted me for a guest post on her blog Annamaria’s Corner. Since it’s the third anniversary of the oil spill and Earth Week, I thought it appropriate to repost on my blog. Please stop by Annamaria’s Corner where she posts about writing and promotes her fellow authors. Posted onContinue reading “Current Events Creep into Fiction”

Remembering Extinct Humans

By Patricia Zick @PCZick As the forty-third anniversary of the first Earth Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about endangered species – those species on the brink of becoming extinct. Extinct. Such a final word we apply to the animal kingdom. But did you know there’s a group of humans who lived in north Florida whoContinue reading “Remembering Extinct Humans”

Where Have All the Bees Gone?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick “Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself in his cities of steel and concrete, away from the realities of earth, water, the growing seed. And intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going fartherContinue reading “Where Have All the Bees Gone?”