Photo of the Day: Twilight hour over wetlands

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birds in central valley

credit: Alan Grinberg

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One of the miracles of daily life is the few moments of twilight that happen at the beginning and end of each day. Enjoying these minutes in a wild space makes them all the more incredible.

From the photographer:

The California Central Valley is one of the major stops for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. Millions of geese and ducks pass through, or spend the winter here. The habitat attracts all sorts of other birds, too. Maybe tomorrow we will be lucky enough to see some.

Hunting is a popular activity in this area, and Gray Lodge is considered one of the "special spots".

Some nature lovers can not understand the desire or thrill of shooting a bird dead. I believe that hunters are nature lovers too. When you see the vast numbers of birds, it is hard to imagine that shooting a few here and there will have a lasting effect on the population. Certainly, there is very tight control on what species can be taken, and when and where.

A very important thing to remember is that many of these wildlife areas are here BECAUSE of the hunters. One group, Ducks Unlimited, started in 1937, has contributed to preserving over 11 million acres of wetlands in North America. First things first: wild animals must have space to live, breed, and feed.

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