Do you see the Golden Slippers?  I walked to the bay this morning before my doctor appointment.  This guy was super friendly as he waited for lunch. He wasn’t using his slippers to stir up prey, seemed content to wait on the rocks.

Waiting for lunch

At the end of the 19th century, wading-bird feathers were worth more than $30.00 an ounce, twice the price of gold.  The American Ornithologists Union estimated as many as five million birds were killed a year.  

Why?  To decorate women’s hats.  

The feathers of the Snowy Egret, Golden Slippers,  were especially prized for their softness and delicacy.   This could have led to extinction but in 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the nation’s first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island, Florida, specifically to protect wading birds from plume hunters.  As more protections were put in place, the birds were saved, and our waterways are augmented with a niche filled with beauty and grace.

Time to pursue a tidbit or two

2 thoughts on “Snowy Egret

  1. What stunning photos of these beautiful birds. I didn’t know those facts from the early 1900s. Have to be grateful to Theodore Roosevelt, whatever else he did, he protected so much land and wildlife. Now we must vigorously do it again.


    1. Absolutely!! Yes, the Audubon Society is another result of the destruction of these birds to decorate hats. This is actually the same bird. He/she stayed in the same spot while I went out to the water and then came back. He/she was definitely happy to pose. I’m no threat, and yes, now, inspired we do it again and again.


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