[CT Birds] A Birder’s Heaven: Just Follow the Stench to the Landfill - The New York Times
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> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/science/bird-watching-landfills.html <https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/science/bird-watching-landfills.html>
> A Birder’s Heaven: Just Follow the Stench to the Landfill
> By JOANNA KLEIN JAN. 27, 2017
> Bulldozers push around refuse. Machinery rumbles and beeps. Trucks barrel past. All the while, birds call out like flocks of screaming children. Welcome to the Brevard County Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa, Fla. — a birder’s paradise.
> .... The Brevard site <http://www.brevardfl.gov/SolidWaste/TourFacility> has become a part of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival <http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/>’s annual events. If you’re headed to Florida, the festival kicked off this week and runs to Monday.
> ....Wear boots, long pants and a hat. You will have to learn to ignore the stench, and bring a change of clothes for those at home who can’t. To spot highfliers, carry a pair of binoculars or a telescope.
> Expect a lot of birds. In Florida, birders have spotted white ibis, cattle egrets, eagles, herons, wood storks and cranes. But the landfills there are best known for gulls of many species from all over the East Coast. There are fairly significant numbers of lesser black-backed gulls <http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/lesser-black-backed-gull>, a European bird that has showed up in the United States in the last few decades. ...
> Go when the birds go. ....
> If you won’t be in Florida, there are plenty of other landfill birding opportunities. Some favorites are in St. John’s in Newfoundland <http://www.stjohns.ca/living-st-johns/city-services/garbage-and-recycling>; Assam, India <http://fatbirder.com/links_geo/asia/india_assam.html>; near San Diego <https://www.waxwingeco.com/birding-hotspot.php?id=L1296452>; and in Brownsville, Tex. <http://www.stxmaps.com/go/texas-coastal-birding-trail-brownsville-sanitary-landfill.html>, known by birders as the only reliable place in the United States to spot the Tamaulipas crow <http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/tamaulipas-crow>, a Mexican bird with a very limited range.
> For New Yorkers, the best bet is a landfill in Tullytown <http://www.wm.com/index.jsp?cmp=LocalSEO_GoogleMaps_MorrisvillePA&utm_source=googlemaps&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=MorrisvillePA>, Pa., said Tom Stephenson <http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-real-bird-genie>, a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club <http://brooklynbirdclub.org/> and author of a popular Warbler guide <http://www.thewarblerguide.com/>. He recommends referring to the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s e-bird database <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/> while planning a trip. ...
> But if you would rather see restored nature <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/nyregion/26bird.html>, with a lot less odor, visit a capped landfill. Freshkills Park on Staten Island used to have mountains of trash as high as buildings. It has since been converted into a park <https://www.nytimes.com/video/arts/100000001961196/fresh-kills-landfill-to-park.html> with grasslands, wetlands and a totally different ecology from the one it served as an active landfill. <https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/nyregion/where-coyotes-foxes-and-bobolinks-find-a-new-home-freshkills-park.html> ....
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