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Mark Hedden

Mark Hedden is a photographer, writer, and semi-professional birdwatcher. He has lived in Key West for more than 25 years and may no longer be employable in the real world. He is also executive director of the Florida Keys Audubon Society.

History Unchanged – The Elizabeth Bishop House on White Street

When the poet Elizabeth Bishop first visited Key West in 1937 she sent letters to faraway friends describing the island. "The houses here, with all their scrollwork that looks as...

WILD THINGS: BIRD MIGRATION IN THE KEYS

You want to see signs of rain when you wake — puddles that weren’t there the night before, maybe wet streets. You don’t want it to have rained too...

WILD THINGS: NORTHERN GANNETS ARE THE POINTY-HEADED MOUTH-BREATHERS OF THE SEA

The wind was up, so it was likely to be “sporty” crossing the Northwest Channel, but as I cleared the anchorage behind Wisteria Island and moved through the first...

WILD THINGS: Drama in the distant treetops

Certain aspects of your life are hard to explain. For instance, I would not want to answer to a jury of my peers why I wasted so much time...

WILD THINGS: SINGING WITHOUT KNOWING THE WORDS

There’s an oft-quoted line from “To Kill A Mockingbird”: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy … but sing their hearts out for us....

WILD THINGS: SOUTHERN SEADUCK REDUX

When I got there, Ellen Westbrook was standing on the South Roosevelt seawall with her binoculars up, staring out at the horizon, which was a bad sign.  Gah, I thought....