Ryan, our Audubon staffer, let the Sora go out by the marsh where the students first discovered it. The bird took off from his hand, proving to be a remarkably strong flier. Ironically, it flew clear across the marsh and landed on the far bank of the pond; after a brief recovery, it ran . . . → Read More: Sora rail release
All the students had a chance to hold the Sora so they could experience firsthand where the expression “thin as a rail” originates: rails actually show extreme lateral compression to their breastbone, presumably to aid their forays through their favored, densely vegetated marsh habitat.
Sarah, our communications coordinator came up for a day, to . . . → Read More: Sora rail portraits
Photo by Dan Froehlich
The highlight of teen banding camp came on Thursday when the students flushed a Sora Rail out of the marsh that chanced to fly up toward the camp and tried to hide among some dark Ponderosa trunks. Everyone sprang into action to encircle the tree and trap the odd . . . → Read More: Think like a Sora Rail