Limpkins At Wakulla Springs

Personal memory by Rob Williams

1978Wakulla County, FL, USA

When Roger Tory Peterson visited Wakulla Springs in 1953, there were 25 pairs of Limpkins on the first two miles of the river. They were still there when I first saw Wakulla Springs in the late 1970s. By 1997, there was only one left. Today, Limpkins have joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Carolina Parakeet on the list of what is missing from the Wakulla, but I still hope that some day the loud wailing call of Limpkins will again echo from the cypress swamp. For me that eerie sound is the very soul of the wild Florida that is vanishing before our eyes.

Photo credit: David Roach