Landfills are wonderful, exciting places. The only place potentially more exciting is a sewage lagoon, but short of finding one of those the lure of a new bird at the landfill of the southernmost city in the world was too much to bear.
The Whooping Crane was, and is, one of the most endangered birds in North America. Though probably never abundant, the population reached a staggering low of about 15 birds in 1941 due to hunting and habitat loss/degradation.
Every once in a while in birding, something completely surprises you. Sometimes it’s an assumption that you’ve always had, that you suddenly realize is completely false. For Nathan Hentze, the Limpkin, the female Eurasian Teal and female Green-winged Teal offered such epiphanies.
Birder and writer Nathan Hentze takes us through the tundra where he discovers that flat places are more often than not, anything but flat!