Two young men out running at the Wakarusa Wetlands this morning stopped to talk to me as I stood staring up at a tree watching swallows. They seemed to be visiting for the first time. They wanted to know what kinds of wildlife I was seeing. I don’t think they were from around here because they asked me if there were any bears. I did tell them that the Wetlands are home to coyotes, bobcats, and supposedly a cougar, though I have never seen him/her. One of them said, “Bobcats are sick!” They asked if I was a birdwatcher, which they thought was pretty cool. They asked about where to run and said they thought they would do it again tomorrow. When I got back to the car, the windows were misted over (the humidity). Written in the mist on the window was, “We saw an awesome bird!” I cannot quite put into words how great this made me feel. It is truly a magical place.