‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

This Green Heron is enjoying a crawdad. Cannot confirm that crawdads sing, but they taste good. The herons shake the crawdad to remove the large claws before swallowing. It also looks like he may have removed the tail.

Gwen E. Grace

The current popularity of the movie and book titled Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, has made many of us aware of crawdads. Well, they are here in Sun Lakes and in our Arizona lakes.

When the lake water is down, creating muddy edges near the rocks, both the Green Herons and Snowy Egrets seem to find them. Crawdads or crawfish are a unique and tasty seafood delicacy found in Arizona’s lakes and rivers. If live bait is used, the Arizona Game and Fish Department requires a fishing or combination license. I don’t think the Green Heron has one!

Desert Rivers Audubon continues to have programs on Zoom in August and September.

Aug. 8 Speaker Program: on Zoom only

Sept. 12: Speaker on Zoom and in person at the Gilbert Library

Oct. 10: Speaker on Zoom and in person. Also, the family Bird Walks resume at Chandler Veterans Oasis park.