Laura Jakiel

The Everglades

The Everglades is one of the most interesting places in the United States. These wetlands have so many great plants and animals all in one place. You can watch birds diving into the water to catch fish while alligators glide by and vultures fly overhead. There are so many different birds from the small palm warblers to the great blue heron and the pelicans. One of the coolest birds is the anhinga that looks like a snake as it swims through the water. Seeing these birds in their natural habitat going wherever they want is amazing. IN addition to the awesome birds, there are also lots of other interesting creatures. There are skinks and anoles in the grass and on the trees and cotton mouth snakes slithering along and basking in the sun. You may even spot a deer or raccoon. No matter what kind of animals you are interested in, there is something great and new for everyone to see here.

Bird Reflection

Birds are some of the most fascinating animals in the world. They are graceful, strong, beautiful, and very interesting. Although all birds have some things in common, it is the variety that amazes me. Every species is unique and while birding I got a chance to focus on things that set these birds apart from one another.

Whether you are looking at the bright, tiny humming birds or the large birds of prey, each species is so interesting and fun to watch. While birding you get to look closely at each birdís behavior and they will amaze you. There are birds that dig, birds that swim, and even birds that seem to dance. When you see them all interacting, it is incredible. Watching birds react to one another is like getting a look at a different world.

Another amazing thing you can experience when birding is the diversity of the world. In one day, you can see more types of birds than reptiles and mammals combined. They are everywhere from the forest floor to the tree tops.

What is even more impressive to me is that even though some birds are only in one place, there are others that can be in Maine one day and in South America two weeks later. Migration is one of the coolest things that occur in nature. Each year thousands of birds take to the sky and head out with no compass or map other than the stars and the weather and manage to reach their destination.

No matter where you see them, you cannot ignore how amazing and interesting birds are. Even in your back yard, taking a closer look at them through birding is a fun way to learn more about birds and to gain a greater appreciation of them.



Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.