Kai: I just finished my very first non-fiction book! The Art of Florida Birdwatching.
Being a bird watcher all my life, I knew I wanted to create a work of non-fiction themed around my knowledge and experience. In addition to the information, I was still able to utilize my more aesthetic side, using art and photography as the pictures.
This book features over 30 species of birds that can be found right here in Florida, and includes an artistic depiction, fun facts about the bird, and stories about my personal encounters. Many were photographed at Grand Lagoon State Park, Myakka River State Park and Wakulla Springs State Park.
I really hope you enjoy this book, as it is one I am quite proud of. These are the wild birds I know best, many of which are quite dear to me. If you are interested in birds, or are just getting to know them, I hope you’ll take a look at this book and be inspired to continue your birding journey!
Last year we got serious with growing our own food, and this year, we’re finally starting to see lot more production in our plants after learning a lot through trial and error. Growing food is so important right now, it’s empowering in these times of uncertainty, especially with concerns of supply-chain issues.
This is Duane Tant of Lunahill, Pensacola, FL. Lunahill is a forest garden created out of Duane’s love for gardening and ecosystems. Coming from a systems engineering background, Duane is an inspiring individual making a difference in his community of Pensacola and the world at large by bringing awareness of topics like Food Forests, Watershed, and canopy restoration.
This is Duane Tant of Lunahill, Pensacola, FL. Lunahill is a forest garden created out of Duane’s love for gardening and ecosystems. Coming from a systems engineering background, Duane is an inspiring individual making a difference in his community of Pensacola and the world at large by bringing awareness of topics like Food Forests, Watershed, and Canopy Restoration.
Pensacola celebrated its 32nd annual Earth day festival on April 23rd at Bayview park. We had a great time at the @earthdaypensacola festival and were marveled and inspired to see all of the community come together in reverence for this one and only beautiful planet of ours that we call Earth.
This video is a celebration of this community’s love and reverence for the Earth and all of its natural wonder. Whether through art, music, gardening, activism or just by being resonant with nature, we can all care for and celebrate this world in our own unique way.
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What is watershed? Why is it important to the health of our ecosystems, economies, and people? Let’s ask Duane Tant of Pensacola, Florda – an expert in the field.
This is Duane Tant of Lunahill, Pensacola, FL. Lunahill is a forest garden where Duane aims to “seek out global varieties of food plants that are not only adaptable to our climate zone – but adoptable to our dinner plates.” Coming from a systems engineering background, Duane truly has an inspiring mind and palpable passion for changing the world by bringing about awareness of food forests, forest gardens, and watershed health. As they say in the Lokota tradition, “Mni Wiconi.” WATER IS LIFE.
Kai: Our chicken keeping experience has been both fun, challenging, and surprising, especially with the appearance of a neighborhood rooster that showed up not long after we got our first two girls, a Brahma, and a Wyandotte. Later in the year, we felt we could afford to expand, and adopted two other ladies, our beautiful easter egger chickens. Throughout all of this, that little neighborhood rooster stole our hearts, and has kept the girls safe from hawks despite his size. In thanks, we’re keeping him warm this winter, and he has been paid in many treats.
While we’re still mastering even the basics of chicken keeping, I think we’ve learned a lot in just one year. We still hope to expand in this area of permaculture, but for now, we shall take care of our small flock. If you are a bird lover, or just want an interesting addition to your backyard garden, I highly recommend this pleasing, and colorful domestic fowl. I feel like they are a great tool to help children learn about animals, nature, and the “backyard” ecosystem. Be sure to get hens from a crazy chicken lady if you want a sweet bird you can pet and hold!
The book is written by me, and illustrated by Arianna and I. Digital effects were created by Avery.
The Your New Friends series was created for the love of good things and pleasant learning experiences. I offer this digital book for free because I believe in home education.