Alan Poole

Alan Poole edits the Birds of North America life history series, now online and based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is the author of Ospreys: An Unnatural History. He divides his time between Ithaca, NY and the coast of Southeast Massachusetts, where he finds solace in salt marshes, a salad garden, and fly-fishing.

Eye of the Sanderling

The sanderling is the white sandpiper or “peep” of summer beaches, the tireless toy bird that runs before the surf. Because of the bold role it plays in its immense surroundings, it is the one sandpiper that most people have…