Sunday, March 16, 2014

Emiquon Horizon

Watching the Emiquon horizon disappear in the mist
of the blustery morning snow, 
I think of the life hidden behind the shroud of winter.
Later I look up and the mist has retreated
revealing the familiar line of
river trees surrounding Sister Creeks,
with clouds from the plant eleven miles away at Havana
billowing out over the lake against a dark gray sky.

Jane Ward

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Emiquon Report: Snow Geese by the Tens of Thousands

It turned cold early in December, the fields covered with snow, and the Snow Geese skipped over the central Illinois River valley on their fall migration. Yesterday temps hit 50 and the snow that has covered the fields since fall melted. Along with the melt came the snow birds. Close to half a million geese flying through the air, feeding in the fields, and resting on Thompson Lake at TNC's Emiquon Preserve.
Jane Ward