Green Heron

Green Heron
Inge Curtis

December is our heron month. More common than the Little Blue shown last week, the Green Heron is another summer resident that winters in Central America and the Caribbean where some stay the year round. It, too, is becoming less abundant.

Herons have the same attitudes as human fishermen—patient, watchful, meditative. This species resembles them even more as one of the few tool-using birds, using floating scraps of food or feathers to lure small fish.

By Roger Gosden

British-born scientist specializing in reproduction & embryology. Career as professor & research director spanned from Cambridge to Cornell's Weill Medical College in NYC. Married to Lucinda Veeck Gosden, embryologist for the first successful IVF team in America. Retired early to Williamsburg, Virginia, to write and recover from 'nature deficit disorder'. Currently a visiting scholar at William & Mary.

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