Tom Palmer, 64.is a reporter, columnist and blogger for The Ledger. He is a veteran, award-winning writer who has been honored by various journalistic organizations as well as by groups ranging from 1000 Friends of Florida to the Florida Lakes Management Society. He has worked at the Ledger since 1980.
He was born and raised in Sanford, Fla., He has been working and writing in Polk County since 1974. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, butterfly surveys, kayaking, volunteering through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Ridge Rangers program with litter cleanup and land management. He also volunteers at Haines City Community Theater
He is a charter member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Ornithological Society and North American Butterfly Association.
Palmer is a 1973 graduate of the University of South Florida and a U.S. Army veteran.
Published August 31, 2014
Mike Callender scrambles down an embankment at the start of the boardwalk at Mosaic Peace River Park. He picks up a plastic cup and a food wrapper. "The trash can's right over here," he complains to no one in particular.
Published August 30, 2014
How do you walk down the road: Do you face traffic or walk with it? Many people don't know that when walking, you should face traffic. When riding a bicycle, you ride with traffic.
Published August 27, 2014
As more than 8,000 motorists a day zip between Haines City and Poinciana on Cypress Parkway, many are probably unaware of the unusually rich natural habitat the highway bisects.
Published August 25, 2014
Jorge and Rosa Hernandez joined a throng of Young American Dreamers along a section of Old Dixie Highway on Monday morning to remember their 17-year-old son and to recognize safety improvements that are underway in response to Enrique Hernandez's...
Published August 24, 2014
I've been writing quite a bit about nature at night, whether it's watching moths or listening to frogs at water's edge.But there's another big world awaiting anyone interested in exploring nature at night.
Published August 23, 2014
CSC Properties in Clearwater has presented a proposal to county planners to redevelop most of the northeast intersection of Jersey Road and Havendale Boulevard for a grocery store, liquor store, gas pumps and other commercial sites.