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Dwell Among the Beauties

March 3, 2022

Dwell Among the Beauties

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Megan Maher and Julie Larsen Megan Maher and Julie Larsen

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”  ―RACHEL CARSON

It is warm yet windy day in late winter along the southern coast of Maine.

It seems fitting that we are bird-watching at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge as we celebrate the start of Women’s History Month.

The refuge’s namesake, Rachel Carson (1907-1964), was a biologist and writer that has been credited for inspiring the modern environmental movement. We are grateful for her work as a conservationist that helped to protect the many thousands of acres where we stand.

These salt marshes and estuaries, threaded with shallow, brackish streams, are sanctuaries for a number of migratory birds as well as year-round residents like bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and common goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula).

Our cameras are aimed at a raft of goldeneyes. The diving ducks dip below the surface in pairs to forage for crustaceans and mollusks. The wind changes, and they take flight (above).

Thank you, Ms. Carson. We are content to dwell among these beauties and others that thrive in this natural haven.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To celebrate Women’s History Month, Wild View is featuring posts by and about women and their contributions to science and conservation throughout March.

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