Through the Eyes of a Dowitcher


Have you ever tried to see the world through someone else’s eyes? You’d see different challenges, different advantages, and more than likely, you’d learn valuable lessons. Lessons that might help you coexist with greater ease, understanding and benefit.

Imagine you are a Long-billed Dowitcher, a medium-sized sandpiper that weighs about as much as an apple. For such a small animal, you cover a lot of distance. Every fall for nearly 4 million years, your kind has traveled over one thousand miles from your summer breeding grounds in the grassy wet meadows of the high Arctic to your winter home in California’s wetlands. Every spring, you’ve journeyed back north again. In order to survive and thrive you need a vast network of wetlands to provide food and safety. You also need to live in a large group of other birds like you to help you find the best wetlands with the best food and avoid predators. That’s just how you evolved.

For the past couple hundred years your fate has been inextricably linked to the human perspective. At times that did not mesh well with your needs. Luckily for you, people are now making more of an effort to see the world through your eyes.

Read more here: Point Blue Conservation Science, Science for a Blue Planet, July 9, 2015