Last year I wrote a post, Is That A Bird On Your Head?, about the heyday of the feather trade.

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Ah, those feathers. Women feel so beautiful under wafts of dazzling plumage.

Personally, I think feathers look better on birds than haute couture. So did Frank Chapman who became the savior of pelicans.

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Awkward and gangly on land, pelicans soar with unmatched grace.

The charm of every waterway is increased by the quiet dignity of their presence.

Chapman was joined by Paul Kroegel who served as a warden of Pelican Island, an unobtrusive little patch of earth huddled under mangroves and shrubby trees.

 

About The Refuge with Credit Indian River By AirThe island is a natural wonder, a rookery just north of me where pelicans return year after year.

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Both men lobbied lawmakers to stop the plume hunters.  Eventually, Teddy Roosevelt ~ loose cannon, Rough Rider, bird lover ~ signed an executive order declaring Pelican Island a federal bird reservation.

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Pelican Island and its surrounding 5400 acres of protected waters and lands are known as the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

History Page Kroegel

Paul Kroegel is a hero of the wild. The National Wildlife Refuge was born on this tiny island of the Treasure Coast.  It may be just a scrap of mangrove and guano-covered sand, but it’s a wonderment.

Gallery Landscape Rainbow

What’s found at the end of this rainbow is worth more than any pot of gold.

Toni 1/28/16

3 thoughts on “Did Someone Say #TBT?

  1. Feathers are amazing. Miraculous. To get the full story read Thor Hanson’s Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. And for kids? Feathers-Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart.
    I’m not sure it would keep a hunter or hat-maker from shooting or plucking, but, wow. These are great. (as is this post, Toni)

    Patty

    PS I’m always wondering what it takes to right a wrong (anywhere, I guess, but a few minutes ago, before reading this post, I was thinking of far-point pollution). The people you talk about in regard to the birds and the feathers are great examples of how a little twig CAN change the course of the stream–see? you can tell I was thinking about far-point pollution of our Rock Brook.

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