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By Diana Preston, Michael Preston

William Dampier, (1651-1715), used to be an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships at the Spanish major. bad and ill-educated and decided to make his fortune, he still had a fondness for exploration and medical study. Dampier used to be the 1st to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the 1st recorded get together of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - eighty years sooner than cook dinner; wrote approximately Galapagos natural world one hundred fifty years prior to Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his personal paintings; used to be the 1st trip author: a brand new VOYAGE all over the world was once rapid bestseller whilst it used to be released in 1697 - acknowledged to have motivated the novels of rapid and Defoe. a guy jam-packed with contradictions: he who accomplished quite a bit 'blew it' later in existence, declining into scandal, failure or even farce. a special guy sooner than his time, he lived a wide a part of his existence between pirates but controlled to maintain what Coleridge referred to as his "exquisite refinement of mind". A vintage instance of the simplest narrative historical past.

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Little by little, we have paddled our way to knowing there, but it’s never enough; there’s always more to know. We are always eager to get back out there. We have experienced moments of unforgettable beauty: seeing the wash of stars spilling over the sky far from the city lights of Miami, gazing at flocks of ibis sweeping upriver at the end of the day to roost together in the mangroves, peering into pale-green beds of seagrass swaying beneath our boat and under the chickees in Florida Bay, watching stunning orange sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico, listening to barred owls calling throughout the night, observing the iridescent sheen of comb jellies in Alligator Creek, and glimpsing the pink of roseate spoonbills feeding in Garfield Bight.

Audubon wardens in the 1930s estimated a population of 250,000 wading birds, primarily white ibis, along with roseate spoonbills, egrets, herons, and wood storks. But that population was small compared to the sightings of earlier naturalists. They wrote of flocks that blackened the sky. For decades, dating back into the early 1800s, the beauty of these birds’ nuptial plumage charmed not only potential mates and Florida naturalists but also the eye of big-city fashion designers who sought to adorn ladies’ hats with feathers.

Sometimes, for example, large quantities of water have been unnaturally released into the park from dikes built to protect agricultural lands and developments. Such a release of water, at a time when water levels in the park would normally be low, can have devastating effects on wildlife, including the endangered wood stork, the only true stork native to North America. These birds are touch feeders: they locate their prey by moving their curved beaks in shallow water until the beak bumps into something, at which point it opens and snaps up whatever fish or crustacean it has bumped.

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