Is There An Opportunity Here?
As I pulled into Sweet Marsh this morning I met four good folks from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society near the boat ramp. They were waiting for many more carloads of Prairie Rapids Audubon members to arrive at the same place. Their plan for the day was to count bird species at Sweet Marsh for the annual Audubon Birdathon.
I’ve thought about how nice it was to see so many people at Sweet Marsh, and more so to see so many people out enjoying nature – even though the weather was less than pleasant.
For years I have wondered if there is some opportunity to make Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River more than just amenities outside of Tripoli. If the areas were promoted, might there be enough return on the investment to make some money? Are there ways to draw more people to the area for the outstanding birding, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation opportunities?
I don’t have answers. All I know is Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River seem to be a potential gold mine if someone can figure out how to tap into them.
As for today’s wildlife observations…I saw a nice variety of wildlife today – mostly birds. I’ll share some of the images with you, beginning with wildlife observed at Sweet Marsh.
Swallows – Cliff, Tree, and Rough-winged:
Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh:
Palm Warbler at Sweet Marsh:
Least Flycatcher at Sweet Marsh (A “Life” bird for me!):
Turkey Vultures on Bridge:
Muskrat at Sweet Marsh:
Our backyard was busy with birds today too. It was nice to see so many species.
Female Baltimore Orioles:
Male Baltimore Oriole: