Great Blue Heron

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

~John James Audubon (1785-1851), American scientist

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A great blue heron flies gracefully across a Minnesota lake as the sun dips lower into the horizon.

Ring-billed Gull

“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”

~Richard Bach, (1936- ) Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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A Ring-billed Gull that flew steadily alongside our pontoon as we traveled across the water.

Canada Goose

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
~ Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

AS4A6027-1(Canada Goose in a spring wetland.)

One of the first birds to return to Minnesota in the spring is the Canada Goose.  This common bird is one of the best known birds in North America. It is found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province at one time of the year or another!

When Canada (not Canadian) geese migrate, they form impressive and aerodynamic “V-formations.” They can fly 1,500 miles in just 24 hours with a favorable wind, but generally travel at a more leisurely pace.  For me, a Canada Goose in the spring is similar to sighting the first American Robin.

Grateful for the Sighting

When I was a kid growing up in the 1960s, seeing a Bald Eagle in the wild was a rare thing indeed.  Yesterday I went outside to play with my dog and was treated to this beautiful sight!  A Bald Eagle was hunting over my neighborhood in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

Today I am grateful to all those caring folks whose commitment to conservation is so unwavering.  To watch this magnificent raptor glide and soar so gracefully across the sky was an awesome experience — one which I do not take for granted.  It is my heartfelt hope that this generation as well as those of the future continue to protect and celebrate the natural world which surrounds us.  I sure am thrilled with the results that have been achieved thus far.  Thanks so much!