Take a tour around the expansive and diverse habitats of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the larger refuges in our area, and less than an hour away from Niagara Falls.
Since Earth Day just passed, I was thinking why can’t everyday be Earth Day? You visit places like this and wonder why can’t there be more wild spaces to enjoy. After all, without these wild and natural spaces, we would not have much of a world.
My question last Earth Day, was Who Killed the Kindness? The post was called 86,400 Seconds for Earth Day. It raised the same thought in that people need to care all year. Check it out. In 2012, I asked “What’s Your Place on Planet Earth?” Maybe it just takes inspiration.
It may not seem it, but when my friend Andrea and I were here, very few birds were out and about. This is unusual for the nice sunny day when we visited.
I am not fond of Western New York because it is so flat, but it is beneficial for the numerous wetlands in the area. Without foresight to preserve what we have today, future generations would not have these spaces to enjoy, and the animals not the space to live. What will we preserve for the future?
Can you imagine how populated with wildlife this place will be in Summer? Or at least I hope it will.
Many different habitats make up this preserve, ready and waiting for migratory birds.
I never saw Duckweed this vibrant before. It is almost glowing.
Of course the eagles were a highlight, even if the photos weren’t.
The view of the eagle nest is from 3/4 miles away according to a local birder with whom we spoke. You can see the nest in the middle of the next image.
I zoomed in with my small P510 so you could see the mother eagle on the nest in the image below. I know she is far away, but she is there standing on the left of the nest. See how tall a tree the eagle makes its nest?
There is a blue eagle-cam in that tree and now the person maintaining the camera has said they no longer want to climb that tall tree. We were told this by the local birder.
The father eagle takes a midday flight, but did not hunt.
But the osprey returned to the nest with a fish.
Think of all the butterflies to come…
A beautiful place for wildlife, it is quiet and very expansive. Birds proved harder to find with so much acreage to cover.
This pretty native, song sparrow above is from a post coming up from Tifft Nature Preserve with the Nikon Coolpix P510. My friend Connie and I visited this local preserve and I decided to do a review on this camera. I use it on manual like I do with the camera in this post. I just was not playing “tourist” trying to show what this little camera can do.
Is this not simple and pretty, above? There is many different habitats here.
For a few hours, my friend and I were with a group of birdwatchers. The man leading the group is Paul, from Wild Spirit, a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Wild Spirit was one of the premier Wildlife Rehab Centers in our area, but now they focus on educating individuals about the natural world. What was funny, the long walk we took on this trail had more people than birds! I took a lot of photos of just a few robins in the woods.
This is an Eastern Phoebe. I have to wonder what the birds would think of Earth Day, the one day a year that people think beyond themselves. They might find us an odd bunch.
I am visiting Braddock Bay, a bird hotspot with my friend Barbara this weekend. Maybe with any luck, the trees will start making tiny leaves and the spring wildflowers will begin to bloom.