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January Great Egret

Posted on Jan 10, 2016

This is your typical January Great Egret (Ardea alba) in New England…right…wait, what? As we plan and prepare for the fifth season of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, part of our year-round effort is NOT finding these long-legged waders during the avian wintering season in Connecticut.

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I photographed this bird yesterday, and today the temperature climbed to 60 with severe thunderstorms in the area. Thanks again, El Niño, and you as well, climate change. We will have a chilly week in the Northeast, and the Lake Erie snow machine will turn on dumping inches or maybe feet across portions of Chautauqua County, but these temperature roller coaster rides are not normal and not beneficial to our natural world.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator