Author: Nanette O'Hara

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a quiet paddle in Cockroach Bay -- an ugly name for a beautiful place! White pelicans, lesser scaup and other "snowbirds" keep you company as you glide through clear waters beneath robin's-egg skies. The Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve...

A native green anole suns on a fence post at the Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve in northeast Hillsborough County. This beautiful area of pine woods and cypress heads in the Green Swamp is part of the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Preservation...

Tampa Bay is Science. Ray Dennis, and his kids, Sydni and Jacob, help record seagrass species information along a monitoring transect near the MacDill AFB peninsula. They recorded nice Halodule (shoal grass) & Syringodium (manatee grass) beds, as well as, many sightings of small bonnethead sharks. –...

I took this photo recently at Blackwater Creek Preserve in northeast Hillsborough County. It shows the caterpillar of the Common Buckeye butterfly munching on a native plant called False Foxglove. Blackwater Creek is part of the Hillsborough River watershed. Miles of hiking trails showcase native habitats...