In America, we normally do not hike on private property. The North Country Trail goes from Vermont to North Dakota and passes through many private fields. There are gates to be opened AND closed and small waterways. In August, the temperature soared and the bugs and humidity were constant companions.
In Switzerland, where I learned to hike, we hiked across paths draped up the sides of the mountains and in cow fields. The cows were always so friendly with their bells. As long as you open and close the gates, all is well. There were remnant signs of cows on the North Country Trail in North Dakota, but no cows out in the fields.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 NIV
BIRDS. So many birds. Along the Sheyenne River and National Wetlands, and in the fields, we were amazed at the sounds. Total quiet when we opened the car door. Then the squawking of the ducks began. They moved away from us on their water homes. Sounds of rushing wind began as they beat their wings frantically to lift themselves skyward.
North Dakota is in one of the most important wetland areas in the world—the Prairie Pothole Region. Altogether, this region produces two-thirds of the 10-12 million waterfowl of the continental United States, making it the most productive wetlands habitat for waterfowl in North America.
In fact, North Dakota alone produces more ducks than any other state in the Prairie Pothole Region, or anywhere else in the continental United States! Source: NEEF.org National Environmental Education Foundation.
Are you a bird watcher? Do you know much about the habitat of migratory birds? What is your favorite bird?