As I pulled into a parking space at Harriman State Park for Heritage Days last week, a small flock of birds flushed from the gravel. I didn’t pay them much mind at first, thinking instead how to best set up my display to sell a few more copies of my book. But then a flash of color caught my eye and I reached for the binoculars.
Collectively, the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands of this planet can make most terrestrial habitats seem almost barren. Each has its own unique properties resulting in flora and fauna often exclusive to its waters.