If you build it, they will come
This article was so inspiring -- thank you to you and others for taking on this important project. In June 2019 I spent a few weeks in Illinois and remember how flooded the fields were. Some portions of my family's farm were never even planted that year because of all the water. I remember hoping that there were some researchers out there monitoring how birds and other wildlife were responding to all the unplanted acreage and extra fluddles. It would be interesting to know how much nature could come back after just one season without intensive agriculture (and hopefully it wasn't mostly invasive weeds that thrived). Did you come across any research or observations about wildlife impacts from the 2019 floods in your fluddle work?
Wow. What an excellent article, and so heartfelt. I really like that engaging people with the shorebirds that thrive on wetlands on their properties is instrumental in creating people engaged with the miracles of nature. Turning some farmlands into preserves is also a excellent strategy that benefits both the farmers and the birds. Well done!
Beautiful photography, beautifully written. I love how birds bring joy to people unexpectedly, often in everyday places, and fluddles seem to be part of that magic.
Outstanding. Thank you for mentioning Turnstone Strategies.