Saturday, January 22, 2011

NWF Super Bowl Picks

This is a photo of Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, outside Kewanee IL.

The NWF (National Wildlife Federation) has listed their top picks for "Top Wildlife Watching Spots" in the United States.  I don't always agree with the NWF methods, rationale or statements.  I do agree these are definitely Super Bowl  level places to visit. 

Platte River, Nebraska 
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana 
Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi
Puget Sound, Washington
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, New England
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
Everglades National Park, Florida
Valle Vidal, New Mexico
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

The NWF picked them not only for their own interests and agendas but they are favorite destinations where visitors can see our nation's wildlife, most North American species.

They are excellent places to take children and grandchildren for an up close education of the beauty of our land.  If you're a photographer, there will be awesome possibilities for once-in-a-lifetime pictures.  

Most charge little or no admission, some have camping nearby, all have towns and attractions within easy driving.  Several are even close enough to provide a weekend mini vacation.  

If you are a history enthusiast, these refuges and parks all have interesting stories.  Whether it be how it was first settled or used to how the NWF has helped protect and preserve the wildlife and their habitat.

I do think seeing the big picture (literally) of nature's many beauties inspires the average gardener to join in the effort to respect our environment.  Our little portion of the world is just as important to us and to the rest of the world.

OK everybody, let's do the Super Bowl Shuffle - and a one - and a two. . .

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