Florida living http://wlrn.org en Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida http://wlrn.org/post/hunting-flamingo-birders-rite-passage-garish-neon-florida <p><em>The </em><em>Birdist</em>'s Nicholas Lund -- who, in a recent <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.single.html" target="_blank"><em>Slate</em> piece</a>, took each and every state to task for its choice of state bird -- stands by his assertion that the flamingo should be Florida's avian ambassador, even <em>if</em> most of the state's denizens will never set eyes on the pink fellows outside of an aviary or souvenir shop. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15033 at http://wlrn.org Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-state-bird-shouldnt-be-mockingbird-or-flamingo <p>In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? <em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">The </a></em><em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">Birdist</a></em>'s&nbsp;Nicholas Lund thinks not.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14476 at http://wlrn.org Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better http://wlrn.org/post/bicycling-south-florida-isnt-good-it-should-be-its-getting-better <p>Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida <em>should</em> be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RELATED</strong>: <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-much-do-you-walk-livability-south-florida" target="_blank"><strong>How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida</strong></a></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14407 at http://wlrn.org Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better