Welcome to Part 9 (of 10) of Roaming the Red Hills, which originally aired on the April 14 episode of WFSU’s Local Routes. Through ten 3-minute videos, we’ll explore the natural soul of the Red Hills of Florida and Georgia, from the pine uplands down to its rivers, lakes, and farms. Thanks to Tracy Horenbein for creating original compositions for this video series. The series is narrated by Jim McMurtry.
Funding for Roaming the Red Hills was provided by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
For months, it looked like we wouldn’t be able to shoot our duck hunt video. Lane Green, retired director of Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (and the Tallahassee Museum before) kept checking both Lake Iamonia and the Ducks Unlimited Migration Map, starting on November 21 when the season began. We exchanged e-mails every week or two, always with a report of little to no ducks. Visiting family in Massachusetts, I took a Christmas Day stroll in short sleeves, seeing hundreds of ducks on Duxbury Bay. Perhaps they saw no reason to fly south? As we approached the last week of the season, Lane kept reporting “only a handful of ducks.” We went ahead and scheduled a shoot for the last day of the season, Sunday, January 31. With low expectations, we scouted the site on the Friday before. Continue reading