By Pat Foster-Turley December 21, 2021
Saltbush and Virginia creeper provide Christmas colors on the Greenway.

Twelve Days of Amelia Island Christmas

On the first day of Christmas Amelia gave to me A barred owl in a pine tree.

On the second day of Christmas Amelia gave to me Two begging gulls, And a barred owl in a pine tree.

On the third day of Christmas Amelia gave to me Three fat geese, Two begging gulls, And a barred owl in a pine tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas Amelia gave to me Four running deer, Three fat geese, Two begging gulls, And a barred owl in a pine tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas Amelia gave to me Five pelicans, Four running deer, Three fat geese, Two begging gulls, And a barred owl in a bare tree.

ETC, ETC,

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Amelia gave to me Twelve dolphins leaping, Eleven gators sunning, Ten right whales calving, Nine raccoons hiding, Eight osprey fishing, Seven sea cows swimming, Six turtles nesting, Five pelicans, Four running deer, Three fat geese. Two begging gulls, And a barred owl in a pine tree.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the gifts of Amelia!

Pat Foster-Turley PhD is a zoologist on Amelia Island. She welcomes your nature questions and observations. patandbucko@yahoo.com

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Diana Herman
Diana Herman
6 months ago

Love this! Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

Nancy Dickson
Nancy Dickson
6 months ago

Thank you for this reminder of what a wonderful, life filled, place we call home! Amelia is a very special place.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a safe, healthy, joy filled year to follow.

Theresa Sparks
Theresa Sparks
6 months ago

Thank you so much for reminding us of the beautiful, natural bounty of our island!

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