The sunset paddle on August 22 was magical. 38 kayakers and canoeists saw the brilliant green wild rice in splendid late afternoon light. A bald eagle gave a star performance in flight and posed in a dead tree for spectator viewing, while loud cries from the nearby nest announced a young eaglet’s hunger. There was a brave great egret feeding on the shore who didn’t budge in spite of all the paddlers. 6 more great herons perched in a low tree farther away. A great blue heron viewed all the activity from the osprey platform, while the osprey itself circled and swooped in the area. We even saw 2 domestic goats grazing along the Mattabesset River upstream. On the way back, as the light faded, hundreds of small, young fish broke the water surface everywhere to feed, adding a final, magical touch to the evening. It just doesn’t get any better!