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Dove Chick Survives Brush with Tropical Storm Isaac

August 28th, 2012

Yesterday when we were being buffeted by Tropical Storm Isaac, I walked outside to see a mourning dove chick, called a squab, lying in the parking lot of the condo I live in on Cocoa Beach. The squab had been blow out of the nest it was sharing with one other squab and a parent. Both the male and female mourning dove share the parental duties and I’ve seen both on the nest.

After contemplating whether or not I should intercede, I decided to move the dove squab with plastic bags on my hands to a somewhat sheltered area very close to its nest fearing it would be run over. Later in the afternoon the dove squab was gone, and I hoped for the best as I’ve seen squabs slightly larger than this fly. Early this morning all were missing, and I figured nature took its course.

Then right around noon today, I saw all three huddled under a nearby bush. So Cool! They are true survivors, I wish them all the best.


August in the Merritt Island National Refuge – Central Florida’s Best Wildlife Watching Spot

August 22nd, 2012

Wild Pigs

PIGS! I yelled as I pulled off the road and opened the door. Beverly was looking at a map or something and I had my camera in hand and stooped down to position myself behind a tree. I then motioned for Beverly to quietly come over and she slid in behind me in stealth mode. The seven wild pigs were feeding and doing what wild pigs do.

We were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and had a great day watching a diversity of wildlife. The refuge is one of the best wildlife viewing parks close to Orlando to see a wide variety birds, mammals and reptiles.

Manatee on his back

A downpour left this manatee happily swimming on his back. He appeared to be drinking the rainwater as manatees need freshwater every couple weeks.

Osprey

There were many ospreys, like this one holding what appears to be a mullet.

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Pictures of Space Shuttle Discovery Leaving Kennedy Space Center for Last Time

April 14th, 2012

Discovery Flyout
UPDATED 4/17/12

Kennedy Space Center, FL – The Space Coast said good bye to one of our most famous residence, Space Shuttle Discovery, on Tuesday, April 17. Discovery was flown over head along the Space Coast one final time. Discovery took off from the runway at KSC at first light, around 7 am, and then the orbiter and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flew over Kennedy Space Center and the KSC Visitor Complex, headed south to around Patrick AFB then turned around and flew back up the coast along Cocoa Beach & Cape Canaveral and then fly out for D.C. Even though the shuttles are scheduled to flew out there will still be rocket launches to enjoy, for a complete list and schedule visit our Cape Canaveral Launch Schedule.

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Disney Fantasy Seven-Night Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral

March 28th, 2012

Disney Fantasy at Port Canaveral

Celebration, FL – The Disney Fantasy is about to be a cruise vacation reality. When the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet launches March 31, 2012 from Port Canaveral, it will live up to its name, bringing Disney fantasies to life with entertainment, activities and dining experiences specifically designed with seven-night cruises in mind to Florida cruise passengers.

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Cruise Review: Disney Dream – The Ship Dreams Are Made Of

October 12th, 2011

Disney Dream

By Mike Cooney – Chief Explorer, Cooney World Adventures

The latest over the top fun-boat to be added to lineup of Port Canaveral cruise ships is the Disney Dream. Although not as big as many of her competitors, she more than makes up for it by offering guests a lot of Disney magic on the high seas. From the moment guests walk aboard, they are immersed in a Disney world full of fun, entertainment and food to excite and tantalize everyone, regardless of age.

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Flying High Over Space Coast Beaches by Parasail

August 11th, 2011

Big Toho Parasailing in Cocoa Beach

By Mike Cooney – Chief Explorer, Cooney World Adventures

Thanks to Big Toho Parasailing, I recently had an opportunity to fly high over the Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral beaches in Brevard County, Florida. The company is based at Bluepoints Marina at Port Canaveral and operates daily, subject to weather of course.

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New Cruise Ships Sailing from Florida

May 7th, 2011

Disney Dream

By Beverly Collins

There’s never been a better time to take a cruise from Florida. The cruise lines are continuing to add new vessels and they are getting bigger and more luxurious with each new ship. The new Disney Dream, sailing from Port Canaveral has the first ever on board water coaster that plunges you over the side of the ship and the Allure of the Seas, the biggest ship on the water today, has several ‘neighborhood’ style sections including a Central Park themed area for passengers to enjoy. New cruise cabins are available and prices are good too. Here are the latest, greatest ships sailing to many exotic ports of call.

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Valentine’s Day in Florida – Pamper Yourself in Luxury or Escape to the Outdoors for Adventure

February 7th, 2011

This couple has it made in the shade

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we do something special for the one we love. Whether your sweetie likes to be pampered in luxury or head into the great outdoors for a little adventure, Florida has just what you’re looking for and if you’re inclined to do the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day and make if official, Florida has some great places to get married and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon.

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Disney Dream at Port Canaveral

January 4th, 2011

Disney Dream

Port Canaveral, FL – The mood was magical as predawn fireworks lit up the sky over Port Canaveral, helicopters buzzed overhead, water cannon salute was shot and there were an estimated 2000 people who turned out, all this was to welcome the newest Disney cruise ship at Port Canaveral, the Dream. Disney workers handed out white ‘Mickey’ gloves and people traveled all the way from Orlando to wave the Dream into the port where it will berth for the next 15 years.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Ready for Final Launch from Kennedy Space Center

October 27th, 2010

STS-133 Discovery - Photo Credit: NASA

Kennedy Space Center, FL – All eyes are on the Space Coast , the last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery is set to take place. Discovery is on the pad and ready for lift-off on Wednesday, Nov 3 at 3:52 pm. For the latest news and updates see our Space Shuttle Launch Schedule page.

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