“We stay so late sitting still on the bridge that we will have to do chores in the dark back home. We see three migrating female redstarts darting among the tupelo, yellow gum leaves flit to the brown water. We see yellow-billed cuckoo. The heavy wings of great blue heron swish through air above us as it comes to land in a nearby cypress. We follow the speckled backs of pickerel. An alligator, smaller, lifts only eyes and nose from the water. Another large splash sounds behind us, toward the wide pool. Three levels of golden orb weavers swing between trees. Not far away, barred owls break out in their incredible mating choruses, cajoling and chortling and caroling. Only one person could feel luckier than we feel, this day, and that was Bartram.”
Show Us Your Wild Winners
The winner: John (Will) Leonard
The Konza Prairie is located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas and is home to native tallgrass and switchgrasses on its 50,000 square kilometer area. It is home to more than 600 species of fish, reptiles, mammals, and birds. It is a lively, beautiful, and calming environment located just outside of Manhattan, KS.
The runner-up: Kristin Williams
Located at the headwaters of the Peace River in Polk County, Florida, this ecosystem is home to many native fauna and flora. Circle B Reserve is an excellent green space for a family picnic, bike ride, or leisurely stroll. Birds are plentiful, you might also encounter river otters, alligators, snakes, butterflies and so much more.
John Davis on KVNF, NPR CO
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