During the Flood of 2008 tons of nutrients and fertilizers washed off midwestern farm fields and into the Mississippi River, which carried it to the Gulf of Mexico, where it nourished algae blooms and the growth of plankton.
This is an annual occurrence.
Commercial fishing crews first began sighting whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico in 2008, two-thirds of them within a hundred miles of the mouth of the Mississippi, where researchers think they are feeding on plankton blooming in the Dead Zone.
The Louisiana Coast is a guide to Louisiana’s wetlands.
Rob Kanter has a nice piece on winter birding in my home state of Illinois.
Riverlands, though in Missouri, is a good place for birders from St. Louis. It is across the Mississippi from Alton.
I was there New Years Day, when there were lots of swans and geese, but only one eagle.