Wave after wave of birds will pass this point and these waders are but the outliers.
From sub Saharan Africa they have crossed deserts, mountains and now the ocean.
Their destination is the far far north of the world, as yet held in the icy grip of the Arctic winter.
With perfect Gaian timing they will arrive to coincide with the great melting and the hatching of countless billions of insects.
Here they will raise and feed their young during the short but outrageously abundant summer of the tundra.
For now they refuel and prepare for the next leg of their epic journey.
Without these wild places they would never make it to their ancestral breeding grounds.
These are the stepping stones for their journeying and our sapient kind can act as stewards of these feral corners of our small blue planet for the benefit of all.
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