Nature & You: This water bird is not waterproof
This water bird is not waterproof
Each week, I attempt to regale you with incredulous (but true!) tales about the plants and animals in the great outdoor world. There seems to be no bottom to the well of ideas relating to the examples of how Ma Nature is the original "mother of invention."
Imagine my shock, then, when I discovered there is one water-dwelling bird that is bedecked in feathers that do not shed water. I ask you: "Isn't that akin to some poor unfortunate fellow standing outside, sans umbrella, during a toad-strangler of a rain shower?"
I should pause to clue you into the fact that I am relating to you a description of a bird called the cormorant. They are abundant on lakes here in our part of Oklahoma. The cormorant's diet of fish requires it to dive below the water's surface and paddle along in pursuit of that day's meal. Periodically, this waterlogged bird must climb up upon a stump and stretch its wings out to dry in the sun.
It makes little sense to me.
Maybe it is a problem in search of a solution.
In a couple thousand years hence, maybe cormorants will have progressed to a waterproof version of their former self.
I may not, however, be here to witness it.
— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor
Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.