Sunday, August 30, 2009

Okay. Pay attention.

Semipalmated Plover
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
"Semipalmated" means "half-webbed." We get the best of both worlds. The webs hold us up when water suddenly flows onto the sand we're standing in, but our toes have enough flexibility to grasp onto slippery stones or dig into the sand when a big wave hits. Of course, usually we just run to avoid the waves. Half-webbed does NOT mean half-witted!!

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