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Exploring the Miles River Aboard the Historic Winnie Estelle by Dick Cooper The high bow of the Chesapeake buyboat Winnie Estelle cuts a sharp path across the Miles River on a bear ing for t he nor t her n t ip of Long Point Island carrying a full complement of passengers and crew in search of an isolated great blue heron rookery.

“The herons roost in trees, which is weird because you usually see them standing on the edge of the water,” Elle O’Brien, an educator for the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Conservancy, explains to the attentive passengers. “In the rookery, they look like pterodactyls. They even sound

Winnie Estelle in her berth at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 23

September 2014 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times September 2014

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