This image is an interesting reminder that when our local waters are clearer (unfortunately, only in the winter time around here!)
the foraging habitat for birds like this Great Blue Heron is substantially increased because he (or she!) can see further into the water
to grab fish and the other yucky things that they eat. In the summer time when the water is practically opaque from algae and runoff, the
herons seem to just shuffle along much closer to shore in 6″ water depth.
We need cleaner creeks and rivers — even if it costs money.