So needless to say, this past Monday I was excited to assist with such an interesting project. We launched our boat just after 5 am into the St. Jones River, and we were off to survey set points along the marshes for these “secretive” birds. It was quite an enjoyable experience as we diligently listened for the birds and was quite delighted to see a few. The most exciting sighting was a mother clapper rail with her chicks following closely behind. Our resident bird expert said this was quite an unusual sight as it is rare to see the chicks (don’t forget…they are secretive). It was certainly an interesting morning on the River and an experience I won’t soon forget. In fact, I’m looking forward to going back out in July. It’s amazing the wildlife you see early in the morning. You never know what might be lurking in the marsh.