Friday, June 15, 2012
Pre-dawn revealed that the marsh fire south of Christian Marsh had burned all night. Fortunately, an early morning squall put it out. It is not a good time of year to have a marsh fire with all of the nesting birds and alligators, so it was a relief to see the smoke dissipate.
I had planned to take Darcy (who was at Rainey to interview Timmy) on a short boat ride before we left, but Timmy offered to take her on a short airboat tour instead – a much better option. As usual, we flushed innumerable least bitterns, seaside sparrows and grackles out of the marsh grass. We also had clapper rails running on the trail in front of us, gallinules and moorhens dashing out of the ponds to hide in the marsh, and schools of fish billowing in the water as we passed. We came upon an alligator nest, and Timmy explained to her how it was made and how it differs from a muskrat house. Darcy wrinkled her nose and said it was “stanky.” It was a good ending for her trip to the marsh. Thank you, Timmy!
Karen A Westphal and Timmy J Vincent, National Audubon Society
Louisiana Coastal Initiative and the Paul J Rainey Wildlife Refuge
6160 Perkins Road, Suite 215, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225-768-0921 office, email@example.com