“The roseate spoonbill is the only spoonbill endemic (native) to the Western Hemisphere (Bjork and Powell 1996). This species can reach a length of 30-40 inches (76-102 centimeters) with a wingspan of 50-53 inches (127-135 centimeters). It has pink wings and underparts (with some red on the tops of the wings) with a white neck and back, and pinkish legs and feet. While the species looks almost entirely pink in flight, they actually have no feathers at all on their heads. The pink coloration comes from the organisms on which they feed, which are full of caroteniods (organic pigment) (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, n.d.). As the name implies, the roseate spoonbill also has a large, spoon-shaped bill, which it sweeps back and forth in shallow water to capture prey.”- Florida Wildlife Commission
In Episode 190 of District of Conservation, Gabriella covers some headlines and interesting stories. She touches upon the growing opposition to ATF Director nominee David Chipman, Politifact giving President Biden’s recent 2A comments a false rating, and a recent roseate spoonbill sighting at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, VA.
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