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STAYCATION
Today I saw a pink dolphin. It was on page 49 of the July-August issue.

I probably will never be able to travel to Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, described in Susan Cosier’s “Over the Rainbow,” but I am reminded of my armchair travels that began as a child sitting on the floor in my father’s den looking at his National Geographic. Now I have graduated to Audubon travels, and I am grateful for your thought-provoking writing and stunning photographs. I look forward to each magazine.

Victoria Powell
Poughkeepsie, NY

WHAT A GUY
I look forward to reading every Audubon, and the July-August issue was no exception. I especially enjoyed Bruce Barcott’s “Coast Guard,” about Texas wardens protecting bird habitat along the Gulf Coast. Suddenly I found myself intrigued by the National Audubon Society’s early years, because certainly the organization—not to mention the Gulf’s wildlife—has faced disasters worse than this ridiculous oil spill. I had no idea that birds had once been killed by the millions for their beautiful plumes, and I certainly had never heard that a Floridian had lost his life trying to protect those same birds. I set about researching this enigma of a man named Guy Bradley, and in short time I found more than enough information on him to rewrite his Wikipedia article. Wikipedia is a wonderful resource, and I have been writing articles on the site for several years now. Bradley’s article was only two short sentences when I first came across it; now, however, it details Bradley’s life, his service to the Florida Audubon Society, and his untimely death. Recently it was promoted to Featured Article status—the highest class available on Wikipedia—which means it will one day appear on the website’s main page. I have written 10 Featured Articles previously, mainly dealing with literary and early conservation topics, but Bradley’s article was a particular joy to write. And to think it was due to a brief mention in Audubon! Thank you for the continual enlightenment and the invaluable lessons.

Maria Atilano
Jacksonville, FL

 

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