Light step

Sentinel reader Richard Schmidt photographed this great egret in a marshy area along the Connecticut River in Westmoreland last month. It was a rare treat, as the bird is most commonly seen in southern states. According to the National Audubon Society, the egret was nearly decimated in the 19th century, as its feathers were used for fashion, until conservationists helped to restore the population. The bird is now the Audubon society’s symbol.