Some cleared roads in Yellowstone National Park opened for bicyclists this week. Work continues to open major routes to cars by April 21. Soon, millions of people will visit the park to enjoy its amazing natural wonders. Just remember, bison always have the right of way. Photo by National Park Service.
The male jacana chosen to parent the chicks, called the receiver, is a devoted father. He will construct a floating nest by uprooting aquatic plants and stamping or shoving them together to create a dense and tough platform. He may create several of these nests at several different sites before the female is satisfied with one. After she has laid the eggs, parenting falls almost entirely on him; the female may shade the eggs from strong sunlight, defend the nest from predators, or incubate the eggs if the male is having a hard time finding food, but otherwise she is uninvolved. Incubating the eggs is the male’s responsibility; he will even move the eggs to a different site if he feels the nest is unsafe.
After the chicks are born, they rarely leave their father’s side; he will guide them to food, keep them warm, and violently chase rivals away. The male African jacana (last three images) goes one step further; should danger present itself, the male can literally tuck his chicks under his wings and carry them away.