Splash Of Color

Splash Of Color
Photo courtesy of David Mitro

Last summer while David Mitro was brushing the influent trough at the Kewaunee (Ill.) Wastewater Treatment Plant, something colorful caught his eye.

This male ring-necked pheasant appeared seemingly from nowhere — no pheasant-friendly habitat surrounds the plant, an activated sludge facility that serves a city of 12,000 residents.

“We think the pheasant was nesting around our holding lagoon, which contains 32 million gallons,” says Mitro, a maintenance assistant with a Class 4 wastewater operator license. “It was very unusual for one to be around. He followed me around for a couple of days while I was working. He seemed interested in what I was doing. He stayed for about three days and then he was gone. He never came back, and I missed seeing him.” 



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