Shorebirds are big fans of these wetlands. Western Sandpipers, Black-belly Plovers, Avocets, Black-necked stilts, and possibly the Long-billed Curlew with its distinctive long downturned bill, can be seen frequently out here… elegantly picking their way through the marsh plants and mud as they dine on crustaceans, such as brine shrimp. Some of these birds live here year-round… while others visit in the winter. One shorebird… the rare Snowy Plover… was so anxious for the wetlands to be restored that it moved in way more quickly than anyone expected. During construction… in the spring of 2013… a small area of the property was accidentally overfilled… creating a little platform slightly higher than the surrounding terrain. Out of nowhere… several pairs of Snowy Plovers came in and started nesting on a sandy bed that was never intended to be habitat for the bird. Oh well, pretty soon, much to everybody's surprise, delight and astonishment… little chicks were fledged and were spotted skittering around the unfinished restoration site. As one of the workers said: "To see them come to this place… it's great. We didn't expect them to arrive this early…but I guess they didn't get the memo." These early birds were a good omen for sure… and now more avian species are winging in to this old airfield all the time. It's a perfect transition really…. as nature's original feathered pilots reclaim a retired military air base. We'll tell you where the old airfield runway can be found at our next stop.