They say the LBIF does lots of great things for people on the Island. I wouldn’t know about all that as people scare me a little. What I do know is that they have done a bunch of great things for our local animals too, most especially, everybody’s favorite Osprey couple Jack & Wendy.
The LBIF is the steward of the last little slice of natural marsh left on the Island, located right behind the Foundation in Loveladies. Recently they have made it super user-friendly by adding a nice boardwalk and a gorgeously comfortable blind where you can sit and watch Jack & Wendy’s nest, as well as all the other wild-ness of the marsh, and enjoy the Island’s bayside the way it was meant to be. If you’ve never visited, I urge you to take a quick walk out there one sunrise or sunset. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s wonderful.
I’m super pleased to report to you, dear Reader, that Jack & Wendy have three beautiful babies this year: Hoagie, Knuckles, & ‘lil Chump. Ben Wurst is doing his seasonal checkup and banding of these three beauties, so he invites a group of lucky campers at the LBIF to join him. Each gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to scale a ladder up to their nest while Ben does the banding, where they get a chance to see the natural beauty of the marsh from the Osprey’s point of view. While they need to remain quiet a top the nest, that’s easy, because up there is a world so far beyond words, where we learn things so deeply and so instinctively, we never forget the experience. It is not an overstatement to say such moments can change our lives forever.
Thanks to the Foundation for taking care of this little slice of heaven, and thanks to Ben for taking care of our Osprey. Most of all, thanks to Jack & Wendy for allowing our children into your home and sharing the shore with us.