The Wildlife of RFK: Dead White Perch Rain From the Sky. Wait, What?
In the heartland of the District of Columbia, a most unusual wildlife refuge has emerged. The preserve, dubbed the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, has fostered a uniquely urban jungle environment for over half a century. Within its walls, a delightful assortment of creature are housed, ranging from insects and interns to small mammals and journalists. One may even find the occasional footballer on its grassy fields. Join us now as we look at some of RFK’s wild inhabitants.
First spotted: April, 2013
So far this week we’ve covered several land-roving creatures, organisms tethered to the earth’s surface or the skies above it. We haven’t profiled any aquatic creatures, nor would you think that would be necessary - RFK, after all, isn’t some sort of dystopian nightmare, a Waterworld-esque hellscape where Kevin Costner ascends to the 400 level waterline to filter his own urine into drinking water.
All of this rational though went out the window in April of 2013, as United prepared to face their bitter arch rival, the New York Red Bulls. Come game-day, a couple of United fans stumbled across something completely unexpected: a pair of dead white perch.
While this turn of events might seem completely implausible to an outside observer, “La Lluvia de Pescado" makes a little more sense when we take a closer look at RFK’s geography. Perched (see what we did there) on the banks of the Anacostia, the land RFK sits on is rich with natural history. The river itself is full of myriad species of fish (please don’t eat any of them) including an abundance of perch.
In the skies above, gulls circle patiently, waiting on an unsuspecting victim. One can only assume that the perished perch found in the stands at RFK were accidentally dropped from the skies above by a clumsy seagull.
So there you have it. Mystery solved. Sorry, Carlos Ruiz, you’re not the only pescadito who failed to make a splash at RFK.