hostages at Malheur Wildlife Refuge
We stopped at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge back in September. I didn’t take very many pictures because it looked very dry and there wasn’t much lake to be seen because of the four year drought we’d experienced. This area is essentially high desert and not what I’d classify as very scenic, at least not in its desiccated condition.
Some distance from the Refuge, perhaps even within its boundaries, we were allowed a few decent shots of this Greater Yellowlegs (Sandpiper).
(click for a better look)
These are probably the sort of hostages this invading ‘Militia’ is likely to take out there at the Wildlife Refuge. In case you’ve missed the Oregon invasion by the Bundy Militia… it’s all over the internet and Twitter.
Over in the neighboring county, I did take some pictures of Lake Abert. You can see the desolate desert terrain here, as well as the dried out condition of the lake back in September. There really isn’t a whole lot out there except for birds and sagebrush. Makes me wonder why these militia types can’t just leave this bit of country to the birds for their migration. Without these rest stops, the birds could be headed for extinction. It almost makes me wish for the same fate for these crazy hotheads.
A bit farther down the road, just before sunset, I did get a chance to experience the Sandhill Cranes doing their dance. Hearing their calls was the thrill of a lifetime. I really do need to learn to shoot some video though! Such a pity some folks can’t seem to appreciate these creatures. I’d be willing to bet they’d rather shoot them.
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
― John James Audubon