Birder Alert! Beautiful Painted Buntings on Amelia Island

What’s North America’s most colorful song bird? The male Painted Bunting, vivid blue, red, and green. Lucky Amelia islanders have the opportunity to get a glimpse of this beautiful wild bird.

Fernandina’s Fabulous For Bike Riding

Pedaling a bicycle at water’s edge right on the beach at low tide is one of the great pleasures of island living. Bike riding on Amelia Island’s wide, flat beaches has caught on with visitors, too.

Amelia Island, Tale of a House Sale

Housing market hurdles include artificially low appraisals, tight credit, and potential shadow market.

The Unforgettable American Beautyberry

Take a nature walk in Amelia Island’s Egans Greenway or Fort Clinch State Park to see the fall color of American beautyberry. With its intense purple berry-like fruit in clumps along the stem (a shish-ke-bab for birds), once discovered is hard to forget.

Nassau County Extension Free Gardening Programs

Florida Master Gardeners and horticulture agents with the Nassau County Extension offer free gardening clinics in Yulee, Florida. Also, the Annual Fall Plant Sale will be held October 21-22, 2011.

John Crawford’s Message of Austerity, Nassau County

“We’re fixing to get inundated (with foreclosures),” Crawford says. “We’ve always felt immune in Nassau County.” Government — at all levels — will experience “shrinking tax revenues for some time to come,” he says.

Reflections of 9/11, Fernandina Beach Memorial Service

Across the “land of the free and home of the brave,” in small towns like Fernandina Beach and urban hubs, memorial services were held over the weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America.

Natives Appear Restless in Fernandina Beach

If there was a town crier in Fernandina Beach, an old-style messenger and broadcaster of events, he might be crying right now. Or maybe laughing. Not with amusement, but with a heckle of contempt.