Interpretation is fun!



Spoiler Alert:  These are the answers to my recently launched "Public Lands Puzzles" series: Word puzzles naming our nation's vast and beautiful public lands. To get next month's installment, just drop me an email.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, Georgia 


Known to early Indian tribes as “The Land of the Trembling Earth,” the Okefenokee is a vast cypress swamp (actually a type of peat bog) on the Georgia-Florida line. Think alligators -- lots of alligators.  My favorite adventure there:  Watching a family of sandhill cranes step delicately through the wetlands. The baby was still young and clumsy on long unsteady legs, like a foal.  He kept falling down in the muck. See samples of our work on the visitor center. 



Washington Monument Repairs 

 When's the last time you looked out over Washington, D.C., from the top of the Washington Monument? Try it again this spring, when this iconic landmark reopens, with earthquake repairs and new exhibits planned by a team including yours truly.  READ MORE

Nature's Navigators 

Every time I work on interpretive panels for another National Wildlife Refuge, I am astonished – again! – by the incredible journeys made by millions of birds every year. Read more... 

Traveling El Camino Real

Thanks to funding from the FHWA National Scenic Byways program, we have a great assignment this fall: creating interpretive signs for a section of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail in Santa Fe, NM.  Read More... 



Atlanta: City in a Forest

How does a fast-growing city keep its trees? Just ask Trees Atlanta – a non-profit dedicated to protecting existing trees and planting new ones throughout metro ATL. 

GIG just finished TA's new signage!


Swimming, Anyone?

A lone lifeguard chair remains at Horseshoe Bend Beach in Montana's Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. 

I'm spending most of a Georgia January daydreaming of faraway places-- Read More



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Nature's Navigators

Every time I work on interpretive panels for another National Wildlife Refuge, I am astonished – again! – by the incredible journeys made by millions of birds every year.  These mallard ducks arrived last fall at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge, a 3700-acre refuge along the Mississippi River in southern Missouri.  This extraordinary photo looks like a watercolor, but it was shot by a refuge staffer at Clarence Canyon.

When you live in the city and spend too many days indoors, as I often do, it’s easy to forget that the age-old cycles of nature are still out there, just outside the window.  Every year, waterfowl and songbirds fly thousands of miles across the continent, summering in the Canadian north and wintering in the southern North America, Mexico, or farther south.  My favorite, especially when I see them on my deck here in Atlanta:  tiny ruby-throated hummingbirds, who winter in southern Mexico and, come early spring, fly 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico without stopping to spend their summers in the U.S.

 Working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Malone Design/Fabrication, Allie and I wrote the content for a series of wayside exhibits (coming soon!) for two observation decks and a nature trail at Clarence Cannon NWR.


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