Some people find them sick, others disheartening, but dumps seem to be a fixture of human existence and the hoards of wildlife that they often attract make them places to watch some fascinating animals up close and personal. Dumps or landfills, as we like to call them nowadays in that sanitized euphemistic way, are one of the most visible signs of our societies excesses. Somehow it is nice to know that at least some creatures are using all that waste to their own advantage.
I’ve been to the dump a few times in the last several weeks because that’s also where you have to go in this area if you want to recycle. I wish that more of the Boreal that is contained in all the junk mail, catalogs, paper, and wood products would be diverted from landfills. It is a great feeling when I take all my paper, cardboard, cans, glass, etc., to the recycling station. And then I get to go watch the bird show! Sometimes there are 15+ Bald Eagles, thousands of gulls of up to five species, crows, ravens, and last week even a flock of Wild Turkeys.
Before you check out these videos of birds at the dump you may want to read this great op-ed.
Even Turkeys at the Dump:
Gulls and Eagles and Crows: