Thursday, March 19, 2009

Welcome to Presque Isle, Naturally

Welcome to the debut of Presque Isle, Naturally, a blog dedicated to sharing the magnificent natural wonders that Presque Isle State Park (PISP) has to offer. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Presque Isle has been described by renowned naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator Roger Tory Peterson, as "the star of Pennsylvania". We, Toni and Michele, are very excited to be bringing you this blog about one of our favorite places, especially at this wonderful time of year. Yes, Presque Isle is about to burst at her shores with the splendid sights, sounds & smells of spring and we can't wait! Some of the earliest harbingers of spring, including the red-winged blackbird and turkey vulture, have already arrived at Presque Isle. My good friend, Julie, told me about a recent e-mail she sent to Jerry McWilliams, birding guru and author of several books, including, The Birds of Pennsylvania. She was telling him of some of her recent bird sightings and titled her post "The Air is Vibrating!" This perfectly describes the vibrant excitement that many of us are feeling now that spring is finally in the air! It really is palpable!
An immature bald eagle soaring near Perry Monument!Momma killdeer and one of her chicks-Beach 10 parking area.
The handsome black-crowned night heron-Canoe Portage TrailAn eastern screech owl perched along Duck Pond Trail.

A flock of immature sanderlings along beach 11.

Through Presque Isle, Naturally, we will bring you stories, photos, paintings and all sorts of information about Presque Isle. We also plan to enlist some of the many knowledgeable Presque Isle-ophiles to share why they are passionate about Presque Isle. Although primarily devoted to Presque Isle, we may at times offer information about special places and events of local interest. So, sit back, relax and enjoy; better yet, come on out to Presque Isle, you won't be sorry you did!Think you know a little bit about Presque Isle? Test your knowledge by completing the quiz on the left hand side of the blog. We'll post the correct answer when the quiz is closed out as well as much more information about the hairy puccoon so...stay tuned!!

Please let us know what you think of the blog and anything you might like to see in future posts by commenting below. Interested in being a guest contributor? Contact Toni or Michele, we look forward to hearing from you!

20 comments:

Desiree said...

Love the new blog...can't wait to see more! Miss you both as well, and Presque Isle too!!

Linda in Erie said...

This is great! The photos are really nice and I really like you mentioned where you took them.

edgecliffe said...

Great start, ladies!!

Nona said...

Gorgeous new blog!! And Fantabulous fotos!! So happy to follow!

Cheers
Nona

Mary said...

Thank you Toni and Michele! It's good to see more of Presque Isle. I always thought it is great and beautiful.

Vickie said...

Lovely new blog! Look foward to more.

mon@rch said...

Outstanding idea!

Toni said...

Thank you everyone! Michele and I are very excited about our new labor of love here. We hope to make it fun, entertaining and yes educational.

LDahl said...

Happy spring! Love this and love the owl pic.

Teri C said...

AWESOME and fantastic!!!

MaineBirder said...

Excellent start on your new blog! We will be regular visitors. Love your photography!

carla said...

Such beauty!!!! Thank you for sharing these pictures. How lucky you are to be surrounded by these creatures:)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a wonderful idea. I will look forward to seeing what your SP has to offer.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great idea. It's already bookmarked.

Diane said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new blog. I think this would be a wonderful place to have accessable to your home. I love the bird pictures.

Maureen said...

Fantastic! I knew it would be beautiful, even before I saw it, Sis!

MicheleRF said...

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments and support. Toni and I are overwhelmed with the postive response and are looking forward to sharing our many adventures at PISP. We are both already working on our next posts and have some very exciting ideas for many more, so stay tuned.

Jeffrey W Tombaugh said...

Wow..sharp bird photos! Very nice blog. And yep, that's a steelhead in the creek:)

LindaMcW said...

I love the images of Presque Isle that you call up with "bursting at the shores." How perfectly apt for this time of year.

Phoebes arriving (just today), a saw-whet stopping to catch a vole and a nap in the pines on his solitary northward flight, willow buds bursting into the first flowers of the year (Marsh Trail), and marsh violets pushing up the first green leaves (Sidewalk Trail).

Jared said...

Love the new blog, Michele and Toni! Congrats.(:

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