Category Archives: Wildlife

Mark Rachal: Audubon sanctuary manager

Growing up in Chicago, Mark Rachal wanted to be a zookeeper. About 25 years later, he’s manager of Florida Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries, including islands named the state’s most important bird colony by the Florida Fish an...

Piping plovers flock to local beaches

It’s easy to understand why beach-nesting birds get all the attention. What could need protection more than a baby bird that looks like a fluffball on legs running across a sandy beach with no way to defend itself? But Tampa Bay a...