I imagine if there is a dream of the roseate spoonbill, it would be for more water to be on the land…The recent heavy rains and local flooding have been a smorgasbord and reminder of better days for our local shore bird communities.
Last week, while driving by the county jail on Willoughby Boulevard , I witnessed a variety of shore birds in the flooded grasses behind the barbed-wire fence: great egrets, white egrets, blue herons, little blue herons, wood storks, a menagerie of ducks, and four beautiful pink roseate spoonbills! I got out of my car and peered through the fence….Amazing I thought…”was this area too once wetlands?”
In Sewall’s Point, a group of as many a ten were reported foraging both along North and South Sewall’s Point Roads. What a sight! People stopping in their cars to see…taking pictures and posting on Facebook.
In the past few years, it has been reported by Martin County and Audubon that the spoonbills are nesting on Bird Island just off the Archipelago in Sewall’s Point. This was never reported before. Nancy Beaver of Sunshine Wildlife Tours documents their progress…
We humans complain when there is flooding; the shore birds love it, as this was their habitat before we drained the lands for agriculture and development. “Couldn’t there be a way to have both?”
This I think would be the dream of the roseate spoonbill…
Words and images are powerful tools in our quest to save the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. It is critical that we are part of “writing history,” and not “allowing it to be written for us.”
Even though things get discouraging sometimes and we may feel like we are “getting nowhere,” believe me, in time, we will see that our work has not been in vain. A better river history is being made right now. You are part of that history.
Today I will share the document of Dr Gary Goforth, (http://garygoforth.net) “Resolving System Constraints: An Action Plan,” that is really “making history.”
It was passed out March 12, 2015 at the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board Meeting where eighty members of the public signed up to speak on behalf of supporting the purchase of US Sugar option lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) in order to create a reservoir to store, clean and convey significant amounts of water south to the Everglades, thus sparing the estuaries from the redirected waters of Lake Okeechobee that are killing our rivers on top of the already destructive discharges from area canals.
This document will be an important part of that day’s “official record”…
Please read and store this document in your reference folder. You can click on the images to enlarge them.
Thank you Dr Goforth, River Warriors, Mark Perry, Maggy Hurchalla, Indian Riverkeeper, Marty Baum, Martin County’s Deborah Drum, Commissioner Ed Fielding, Ray Judah, Rae Anne Wetzel, the Sierra Club, the Everglades Coalition, The Stuart News, the state press, and all others, especially the “varied general public”—who continually speak in support of the St Lucie, Indian, and Caloosahatchee rivers. Thank you to those who everyday are part of this ongoing cause.
Thank you to the SFWMD for hearing our voices and reading our words, even when you are silent….
Thank you toDr Goforth for writing our goals down scientifically for the District to read, reference, and remember, as all of us build a new history we know is coming…
Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high , There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby… Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…. Someday I’ll wish upon a star, And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops, That’s where you’ll find me…. Somewhere over the rainbow, Blue birds fly, Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?” —Judy Garland
This amazing rainbow and perfectly timed sailboat were photographed on February 8th, 2015. Many other people from many different locations along the Indian River Lagoon region also photographed the rainbow that day.
This rainbow post has been so popular on Facebook that I thought I’d write about it and share some more photos of it today. It keeps popping back up!
I witnessed this incredible natural phenomenon while walking with my childhood friend, Eric Potsdam, who is now a professor of Linguistics at University of Florida. It was a double rainbow and at times, appeared to be with in 30 feet of where we were standing.
As stated in HOW THINGS WORK, “a rainbow does not actually exist at a location in the sky, but rather is an optical phenomenon whose apparent position depends on the observer’s location;” of course this is why some people photographed the rainbow over the rivers, and others over the ocean, and still others over the land….
This is also why when you’re chasing the “pot of gold,” you never quite get there, but you really do! 🙂
Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Facebook page since Feb 8th, 2015
Miraculous rainbow at Jensen Beach this afternoon.
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Rebecca Fatzinger love this with the sailboat in it!
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Cecilia Beaux Gorgeous.
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Stefani Campo Hughes Serreal
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Jerry McComas Postcard picture.
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Michelle Richey Little piece of heaven in our backyard!
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Cindy Sanchelli-Capwell I’m speechless. Gods gifts at its finest!
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Cabot Lord Over Sewalls Point as well this late afternoon.
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Lynda Heemsath South Sewalls pt rd!
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Patty Duquette Beautiful!
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Tracy Chase Barnes Miraculous is definitely the word. When we saw it I said to Doug that I understand how it works with reflective light and all, but to have those perfect 7 colors come out like that every time is absolutely a miracle
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Patti Strait It was truly a gorgeous sight!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch beautiful shots!
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Lynda Heemsath time for bed Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch!!!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Lynda Heemsath I KNOW! I have got to GO TO BED! U 2
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Marguerite Krute So beautiful for all of us to enjoy. It made the television news.
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch cool!
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Dinah V Pulver Gorgeous!
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Sunni Kittrell Ashforth So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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Patricia Haney Just takes your Breath away!
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Karen Christy Beautiful
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long Incredible!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch It really was. A miracle of creation.
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long The sailboat really adds to it too.
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Keri West Promises from heaven. We need some answered prayers for our lagoon
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Patti Kennedy I knew there had to be a beautiful rainbow somewhere. I was looking for it when the sun came out after this cloudy day. What a great photo
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Debra Duvall Amazing shot of our beautiful area
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Paige Lyons Wow!!!!
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Patti Kennedy The sailboat is perfectly placed!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch I was pure chance and perfect timing. I waited just for that ideal moment. Such a rare moment!
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Valli B. Seidle Great Picture.,,,thanks…
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Recently, Kevin Powers, vice-chair of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District, called me asking about the “solidarity fish,” so I went even a little further and arranged for a meeting with Kevin, his wife, (Martin County School Board Member), Marsha Powers, and artist/writer extraordinaire, —Janeen Mason.
Sometimes in my world, it is best not to ask questions. It is best just to “do.” Knowing this timing and following my intuition is an important part of my mission in trying to save the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon…
Janeen Mason was a sport, and we met with my giving her little notice— she brought some of her beautiful, colorful, skeleton fish that have come to symbolize the river movement along the Indian River Lagoon. In fact, her idea is spreading across the state as she is called by others seeking advice on how to start such a “school,” (http://www.solidarityarts.com) as so many others across Florida have water issues too.
When Janeen met the Powers at their home, it was a wonderful thing for me, as I was able to learn her story which I had never really heard. (http://www.janeenmason.com)
Janeen told of being a young person, seeing the tropical fish in the Florida Keys for the very first time, and the powerful impression they made upon her young mind. She has carried this image with her through out her life, and most recently transposed it into the river movement in response to our “Lost Summer” of 2013 when the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) dumped polluted Lake Okeechobee water for five months (on top of area canal runoff) into the St Lucie River, causing horrific, toxic conditions in our and the Calooshatchee estuary.
Since this era, the solidarity fish have been associated with the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon “river movement,” the River Warriors, and many others. Even Martin County used the symbol to decorate their holiday tree. There are bumper stickers and T-shirts you will see just about everywhere displaying the fish, colorful on one side, and a skeleton on the other….
These fish, you see in the photos on the Capitol steps, have been hand painted by hundreds of children and concerned adults; displayed at the Elliott Museum; on the River Warriors’ Christmas/Holiday float in the City of Stuart parade; and even last year Washington DC!
The fish are art in its purest form: “transformative and inspirational…”
So when Kevin Powers asked about the fish, I asked no questions. I saw an opportunity to help the District “catch a fish,” our fish, the solidity fish of the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.
I believe, soon they will be swimming their way into some very powerful waters….. 🙂