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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Least Bittern at Nature Boardwalk
Birders are enjoying a rare sighting at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. As these photos by local birdwatcher and photographer Clara Coen show, the least bittern, a secretive heron species, has been seen among the pond’s bulrushes.
The least bittern breeds in the region but typically avoids areas with high human activity, making it a rare urban visitor. The bird’s excellent camouflage and tendency to stay out of sight add to the uniqueness of the sighting. (Thanks to Clara for the excellent photos!)
Come by Nature Boardwalk to spot it for yourself. The bird’s low, croaking call can help you find it, even if it’s hidden in the reeds.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
By transforming the South Pond into Nature Boardwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo has created an urban ecosystem in the heart of the city. Enjoy a virtual view as native plants and animals establish themselves in this rare refuge.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s director of horticulture, Brian oversees the zoo’s gardens, from bud to bloom.
As coordinator of wildlife management, Mason chronicles the bugs, birds, fish, insects, mammals and more that make their homes at Nature Boardwalk.
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