Don’t let the picture fool you. You are looking at the largest pheasant in the world. This guy (or girl?) is 40 feet high and 40 feet long. I attended a dedication of the pheasant with some co-workers. It was a quirky event, extremely short, which was fine with me because it left us with plenty of time to get ice cream afterwards. The bird requires a surprisingly large amount of money to maintain. The town of Huron, South Dakota, however, uses the big bird as a marketing tool. This is a very popular area for pheasant hunting.
Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability. View all posts by Jonathan Erdman