Birds of Prey on Display at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Just like the birds Lisa Miller rehabilitates, she too was given a second chance at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center.

Miller is the head of the Center’s Birds of Prey Program. It is a job she has held for seven months and came to hold quite by accident.

“I started my life at age 50,” Miller told audience members at her Jan. 19 presentation at E.O. Wilson.

Scott Merrill Wins the 2012 Seaside Prize

The Seaside Institute will award this year’s Seaside Prize to Scott Merrill, a nationally recognized architect with local ties to the place where the Seaside Prize originated. The Seaside Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities.

The ceremony will take place as part of the Seaside Prize weekend events, which is being held on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th in Seaside, Fla.

Biophila Center Now Home To A Pair of Bald Eagles

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in SoWal is an amazing place, named after one of America's premier biologists. You may have heard it is one of the must-see attractions in SoWal for locals and visitors. Well, now you have an even better reason to go and something that will no doubt be a magnet for the wildlife and education facility.

For the past several months, there has been a flurry of exciting activity at the Center.  Some of you may have noticed the construction activity centered between the grass mounds and the classroom buildings. 

The Hidden Lantern Provides Delight in Rosemary Beach

Nestled at the north end of the commercial district on Barrett’s Square in Rosemary Beach is The Hidden Lantern Bookstore and Gallery. It is a booklover’s treasure where story times and book signings co-exist with art exhibitions and hands-on art workshops.

When people first heard a bookstore was coming to Rosemary Beach, there was some surprise at such a venture with big chains close by and another independent bookseller on 30-A, but the Carvalho family believed it was the right thing to do.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center To Welcome All

Through an agreement with the Walton County TDC, the environmental facility on the Nokuse Plantation near Freeport will be open to the public Fridays through Sundays from June 1 to Aug. 31, and on Saturdays from Sept. 1 to May 31.

The agreement may be extended after that. For more information visit

Visitors to the center have been limited mostly to school groups.

Montessori School Flourishes in Point Washington

School drop-off and pick-up times are a hectic blur of kids stumbling out of cars in the morning and hours later dashing back in to head home. At South Walton Montessori Academy these are also times to make crucial connections.

On a crisp fall afternoon teachers Catherine Beall, Natalie Jobling and David Hopkins carefully manage the pick-up line. They chat with moms and dads, pet family dogs and share tidbits about the day, just like family members.


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