The only residents of the island today are birds, including brown pelicans, herons, and terns. a 1995 survey would count over 600 nesting pairs of heron in Holland’s trees. However in September of 2003 Hurricane Isabel would hit Holland Island destroying 60% of the remaining trees and decimating the avian population.
There is a Magical Little Town Where the Streets Are Made of Water
There are places in this world that are so surreal and beautiful that when you first see photos of them you naturally assume they must be from a movie set. But while the tiny town of Giethoorn in northern Holland may look like it was built for a film based on a children's fairytale, this enchanted neighborhood that's built upon a network of narrow canals is actually completely real.
Bourtange is a village in the Vlagtwedde area of Holland, with a population of 430. Its star fort was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Bourtange was restored to its mid-18th century state in 1960, and is currently used as an open-air museum.
In pictures: Atlas of Rare Birds by Dominic Couzens
White-rumped vultures were once a familiar sight in the cities of southern Asia, with a population numbering millions, but its numbers plummeted fast in the 1990s. It was discovered that an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat injured cattle was to blame. When the cattle died, the vultures would ingest the drug and suffer a slow, painful death
Originally settled in the 1600’s, Holland Island was named for the first owner of the property, colonist Daniel Holland. For nearly two hundred years life would be largely uneventful for the small island, with little more than a small colony settlement occupying her shores. In the 1850's a fishing and farming boom in the Chesapeake area brought many to the island. By 1910 the island would house nearly 360 residents, making Holland the most populated island in Chesapeake Bay.