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  1. Jim’s passionate commitment to safeguarding cranes and the places they live, his overwhelming enthusiasm and eloquent words that inspired people, his courage and perseverance in most difficult circumstances, and his genuine interest in and care for those around him, were admired and will always be remembered by all who were fortunate to know him. https://www.savingcranes.org/remembering-jim-harris-champion-for-the-conservation-of-cranes-and-wetlands/
  2. https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2016/07/wwt-news/tribute-to-waterbird-research-pioneer/ Tribute to waterbird research pioneer Blog post by WWT Research Fellow Dr Eileen Rees; a tribute to Hugh Boyd who has sadly passed away, aged 91. Our thoughts are with his family. With the recent death of Hugh Boyd, the world of wildfowl and wetland conservation has lost one of its true pioneers and a mentor to a generation of waterbird researchers from both sides of the Atlantic. He was the first “Resident Biologist” at the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now WWT), moving to Slimbridge in 1949 to take forward the Trust’s scientific studies, where he initiated the national goose censuses (especially for Pink-footed and Greylag Geese), developed the Trust’s bird ringing programmes and worked with the late George Atkinson-Willes in helping to organise the newly-established National Wildfowl Count programme (now WeBS – the Wetland Bird Survey). He became particularly involved in the study of migratory geese, with a keen interest in the factors affecting their populations, at a time little was known about their migration routes and arctic breeding habitats. In particular, he instigated the integration of population counts, age counts and ring recoveries for understanding the demographic reasons for population change. Most of the ducks and geese were of quarry species, and Hugh quickly appreciated the importance of engaging with the hunting community for the return of leg-rings recovered from birds shot by wildfowlers, which could then be used to assess annual survival rates. Hugh also introduced new techniques from North America (aerial surveys; age assessments) not previously used in Britain, which we now take for granted as being standard methods for population studies, yet were highly innovative at the time. Though always modest and self-effacing, Hugh was a key member of the innovative team of scientists at Slimbridge during the 1950s and 1960s. From early in his career he was an eloquent, witty and very determined advocate for the importance of conservation being based on sound science, and was equally determined that research should be rigorous and published. He himself published over 180 papers and three3 books during his lifetime and also edited WWT’s scientific journal “Wildfowl”. At a very early stage he was aware of the applied value of research and of the contribution made by different methods available for studying goose populations. In one of his earlier papers, published in Ibis, he stated: “Detailed knowledge of changes in the size and composition of goose populations is of importance in conservation. Long-term inventories of goose numbers have so far been made only in the United States of America. American and European studies of movement, and of survival, have chiefly depended on the recovery of ringed geese. It has slowly been realised that direct observations of goose flocks can provide much of the information needed to determine the age-structure of flocks, annual breeding success and mortality. Studies of goose populations employing all the available techniques are now being actively pursued in Britain as well as North America” (Boyd 1959, Ibis 101: 441– 445). Hugh Boyd imprinting ducklings at Slimbridge In 1967, following two years with the Nature Conservancy (now Natural England), Hugh moved to Canada to join the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), initially as its Research Supervisor of Migratory Birds in Eastern and Arctic Canada, then serving as Director of Migratory Birds for CWS from 1975–1980. The move provided him with access to the arctic breeding grounds of North American waterbird populations, which was rarely possible for those studying Eurasian migratory waterbirds breeding in the Russian arctic at the time of the Cold War. Here he played a key role in the Canadian Government joining the Ramsar Convention and for it listing 30 wetlands of international importance for protection under the Convention during the 1980s; he also used his position and influence to encourage other states of Central and Latin America to join the Convention. Yet despite the increase in management and administrative work involved as Director, he maintained his research into waterfowl behaviour and ecology, including (in retirement, as Scientist Emeritus of CWS) exploring the influence of climate change on arctic breeding birds such as the Greenland White-fronted Goose. Through living in the Scott’s house during his early years at Slimbridge Hugh Boyd became close to the family and remained in good contact with them and other friends at WWT throughout his life. He was made Research Associate of WWT in 1992; was awarded the Peter Scott Medal for his “pursuit of scientific evidence and promotion of its use on policy-making on conservation on two continents”; and gained the Doris Huestis Speirs Award from the Society of Canadian Ornithologist for outstanding contributions to Canadian ornithology. He was also a Member of the Order of Canada. On retiring from the CWS, he continued to be actively involved in fieldwork and research, including publishing on the effects of climate change on goose populations well into the 21st century. Hugh will be greatly missed not only by his wife Gillian and their family, but by his friends, colleagues and the many people that he inspired over his lifetime. (Eileen Rees, with helpful advice and information from Tony Fox, Malcolm Ogilvie, Carl Mitchell and Mike Smart) A lifetime dedicated to studying waterbird biology. Hugh Boyd 1925 – 2016 Posted on 22 July 2016 by WWT PREVIOUSNEXT Twitter 27,536 followers Facebook 11,768 followers YouTube 485 videos Newsletter Charity Contact Help Jobs Press Privacy & Cookies Tel: +44 (0) 1453 891900 | Email: enquiries@wwt.org.uk | Wetland Centre enquiries | Media: pressoffice@wwt.org.uk WWT Limited is a charity (1030884 England and Wales, SCO39410 Scotland) and a company limited by guarantee (2882729 England). VAT number 618368028. https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2016/07/wwt-news/tribute-to-waterbird-research-pioneer/
  3. Charles Warren Dane (1934 – 2016) Charles W. Dane, 81, died with his wife by his side, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital on January 25, 2016. Charlie was born in Washington, District of Columbia, on September 21, 1934. He was the son of Carle H. and Alva M. Dane. Charlie attended local schools in the District and graduated in 1952 from Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a member of St. Albans Episcopal Church, and he was active in the Order of DeMolay. As a Boy Scout during his youth, he was in Inaugural Parade in 1949, and he earned Eagle Scout rank in 1950. Growing up, Charlie often traveled with his father, who was a fuels geologist at the U. S. Geological Survey. On geological field trips, they camped much of the time in the Southwest United States, as well as the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. These experiences while traveling with his father stimulated an early interest in science and nature. Charlie developed a keen interest in birds at an early age. He took the initiative to get involved with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). While in high school, he worked with Refuge Biologist Merrill Hammond as unpaid summer trainee at Lower Souris National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Refuge Manager Donald Gray and Regional Director Richard Griffith were names in his notes from that summer. He also spent a month as a trainee without compensation in 1950 at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Herbert Deigman, Assistant Curator of Birds. Before starting college, he had already identified 270 species of birds in the field, and he was a member of National Audubon Society in the District of Columbia. Charlie attended Cornell University, where he was a member of the rowing team, as well as Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the U.S. Air Force ROTC. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. He remained at Cornell to work with Dr. Oliver H. Hewitt for his Master of Science. His thesis was entitled “Succession of aquatic plants in small artificial marshes in New York State” which he completed in 1957. After completing his M.S., Charlie spent three years serving with the USAF Strategic Air Command. Then, he returned to continue graduate studies at Purdue University working with Dr. Durward Allen on a Ph.D. program. Charlie conducted his research at Delta Waterfowl Research Station in Manitoba, where he worked with H. Albert Hochbaum and Peter Ward. His research on the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) involved raising birds from hatching and determining feather markings to age the birds. His dissertation was entitled “The influence of age on development and reproductive capability of blue-winged teal.” In 1964, he commenced his long professional career in the Department of the Interior at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) near Jamestown, North Dakota. He was one of the first research biologists hired by the USFWS at this new facility. He served as the avian physiologist where he conducted independent research and collaborated with other scientists on their projects, particularly age determination of Redhead (Aythya americana) and Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) ducks. He published ten papers, comments, and notes in scientific literature related to his work at NWRC, but his contributions to the Center were many and important during its formative years. In addition, Charlie was detailed to the Washington Office where he participated in a team writing the Environmental Impact Statement on the use of lead shot for hunting migratory waterfowl. While at NPWRC in Jamestown, Charlie was engaged in the community. He was active in Boy Scouts, United Way, Library Board, and the Episcopal Church, both locally and state-wide. He also was elected to 3-year term on the School Board, and he served 3 years as Chair of Biology Department at Jamestown College (now University of Jamestown). He led a group of friends to raise money and supervise construction of an indoor ice arena for the city. His coworkers from that time remember Charlie as both a supportive colleague and an engaging friend. In 1976, Charlie was appointed as the Staff Specialist for Migratory Birds in the Division of Wildlife Research in the Washington Office. He provided nationwide guidance and support for migratory birds researchers at all of the Service’s Wildlife Research Centers and he also worked closely with the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. He was an integral member of the Division’s staff because of his broad knowledge and experience with migratory birds, as well as his detailed understanding of the scope of the scientific assignments and budgets allocated to support this work at the Centers. He played a key role in effectively representing this work with the Service’s Program Management staff. He also was instrumental in the development of the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He developed a reputation of being a workaholic because of conscientious devotion to the job and long hours spent in the office. Charlie served in this position until 1984 when he was named Chief, Office of Scientific Authority (Now the Division of Scientific Authority in the Office of International Affairs). Here he was deeply involved in USFWS activities related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to implement domestic laws and enforce international treaties promoting the long-term conservation of plant and animal species. The CITES primary objective was to ensure that international trade does not threaten their survival in the wild. Charlie was particularly well-suited to this work because of his penchant for scientific details and his meticulous work ethic. With the Scientific Authority, he traveled throughout the world representing the USA negotiating and administering CITES agreements on trade of endangered species. Among many accomplishments during his tenure was the successful effort working with other countries in 1989 to increase protections for the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) by establishing a moratorium effectively limiting import of ivory to the United States. He also played a key role in passage of the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 and the drafting of regulations to implement the Act. During that same time, Charlie oversaw the Service's efforts to appropriately list Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon) under the Endangered Species Act. This decision was controversial, with litigation challenging the listings. Again, Charlie was in the center of this storm--and prevailed. Finally, the Giant Panda Policy went into effect in 1998 to get control over "rent-a-panda" agreements between China and U.S. zoos. Dr. Roddy Gabel, who succeeded Charlie as OSA Chief, observed that he was a stickler for ethical behavior and following the rules. OSA staff members weren’t allowed to accept so much as a hamburger from somebody who had official dealings with the Office. Dr. Rosemarie Gnam, who is the current Chief, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, offered this assessment: "Dr. Charlie Dane led the Division of Scientific Authority, through a critical time in our history. He was a strong advocate for sound scientific decision making. He championed the adoption of many species proposals at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Conferences at an important time, when CITES was in its formative years to regulate international wildlife trade. We are grateful for his service and leadership. His legacy, through the outcomes he and his scientific team achieved for wildlife, will continue to have an impact well into the future." Charlie suffered from kidney disease that was first detected in 1975. His kidney disease was chronic glomerular nephritis, an autoimmune response caused by his body overreacting to a case of the flu. When his kidneys finally failed in 1998, he retired from the USFWS to go on hemodialysis. His 14-year tenure was the longest of any Scientific Authority Chief. Nevertheless, Charlie maintained an active interest in activities of the Office even into retirement. He provided journal articles and other information on issues of relevance to the Office staff. In retirement, Charlie was a full time volunteer in Fairfax County, Virginia. He served on his home-owners civic association, and then represented them on the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations. He served the Federation as Education chair, as well as on several advisory committees to the School Board, including human relations and budget. He was active on the task force to select a new Superintendent for Fairfax Public Schools, and recently he was appointed to a select task force on the Schools’ budget. In addition, Charlie was active with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) chapter in Annandale. Over the years, he held many chapter offices. Charlie also was appointed to Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Transplantation on which he served about 15 years. He received a kidney transplant in 2006 after 8 years on dialysis. Charlie was a Life Member of The Wildlife Society, who joined as a student in 1954 and remained active until his passing in 2016. He engaged in several hobbies, including gardening and genealogy. He enjoyed bluegrass music and was a fan of the Seldom Scene, Gibson Brothers, and other groups regularly appearing in concerts at the Birchmere. He also was interested in culturing African violets and many other flowering household plants that filled his sunroom. With friends, he enjoyed a gourmet dining club for several years. Charlie was able to return to Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in August 2015 to celebrate the center's 50th anniversary and visit with old colleagues. Charlie is survived by his wife, Dorothy (“Dottie), whom he married in 1957 while both were students at Cornell. He is also survived by son, Douglas; daughter, Sandra; grandson, Carl Anderson; sister, Barbara Harris and three nephews. A memorial service celebrating his life was held February 20th at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored Charlie at a recent meeting with a moment of silence to mark his passing. The Supervisor representing Annandale recounted some of Charlie’s work as a volunteer. By David Trauger
  4. Furmansky, Dyana Z. (2009). Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists. University of Georgia Press. Wonder if one person can really make a difference? Read this book about a New York City socialite, suffragist, and amateur birdwatcher who was responsible, among other things, in saving thousands of hawks with the establishment of Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania. She also disseminated thousands of fliers (mass communication before email and twitter) for national grassroots campaigns to create Olympic National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. Audubon leaders would quake when she walked into their meetings. A profile of her in The New Yorker described her as "the only honest, unselfish, indomitable hellcat in the history of conservation" (New Yorker, April 17, 1948). More about her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalie_Edge
  5. W e are excited to announce that the 13th North American Crane Workshop will be held 14-18 April 2014 in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Hotel Acadiana (http://www.thehotelacadiana.com/). The Workshop will include 2 full days of presentations and one day of field trips to the spectacular Louisiana wetlands. The CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and registration are now open (go to https://savingcranes.conference-services.net/). Lunches for all three days, the banquet meal (Thursday night), and the field trip are all included in the registration fee (Students–$175; All others–$350), as is 3 years’ NACWG membership (2014–2016). Room accommodations are not included in the registration fee, but we have reserved a block of rooms in the hotel at special rates. The special rates will also apply to the 3 days before and the 3 days after the Workshop, subject to availability at the time the room reservation is made. Please contact the hotel directly to arrange your room accommodations. April in Louisiana offers spectacular birding with peak migration of Neotropical migrants and shorebirds and a plethora of native waterbirds (see http://www.louisianatravel.com/louisiana-birding-trails for a list of birding trails). Of course, crawfish will be in peak season and, as always, if you go home hungry and healthy it is not our fault! Please continue to monitor the NACWG website (http://www.nacwg.org/) for specific details and updates. See you in Lafayette! Student travel awards for this meeting -- NACWG is offering up to three (3) Student Travel Awards of $500 each. To be eligible, the student must present a paper (oral or poster) at the Louisiana Workshop and be the lead author, although other authors may be listed on the paper. Student Travel Awards are given on a competitive basis. Applications will be judged on the cover letter, statement of interest in crane research, and abstract of the paper to be presented. Applications should be submitted to Jane Austin at jaustin@usgs.gov.
  6. Save the Date!! -- The 12th North American Crane Workshop will be held 14-18 April 2014 at the Hotel Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. A social will be held the night of the 14th, followed by full day meetings on the 15th and 17th, a field trip for great birding on the 16th, and a banquet the night of the 17th. More details will be forthcoming very soon. We hope to see you there!
  7. Forrest B Lee (July 7, 1919 - February 1, 2013) Waterfowl professionals have said that if you were to take any giant Canada goose in existence today, you could trace it's bloodlines back to an egg Forrest placed in an incubator, or a gosling Forrest held in his hand.... Forrest B. Lee (Father Goose), world renowned for his dedicated work with two nearly extinct Canada goose species, 93, Jamestown, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2013 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. A full rites military burial will take place in the spring at Bethlehem Cemetery, Pettibone, North Dakota. Forrest Byron Lee was born July 7, 1919 near Pettibone, North Dakota to Raymond and Irene (Bourassa) Lee. Dr. S. W. Melzer, country doctor and devoted canvasback hunter, delivered him into this world. Childhood experiences on the Pettibone prairie would stay with young Forrest his entire life. With younger brother Wesley, they rode to school each day on horseback and kept their horse in a rented town stable. Winter storms were sometimes so blinding they relied on their horse to know the way back home. Their farm bordered a large lake where young Forrest enjoyed the migrant ducks, geese, swans, and crane and soon took to hunting and trapping. Skunk pelts were worth a lot back then when a hamburger cost a nickel, and no skunk in the area would be safe from Forrest. He was especially efficient in snaking them out of their dens and culverts with barbed wire. A .22 rifle came one Christmas, and the following year he bought his parents their first radio with fur money. In late 1936, the family sold their farmland and moved to Minnesota. The train box cars were opened at Verndale releasing the many head of cattle they then herded the 6 miles overland to their new wooded place along the Leaf River. Forrest would begin his senior year of high school at Verndale, graduating in 1938. Forrest attended Crosby-Ironton Jr. College from 1938-39, and St. Cloud State Teachers College from 1939-1942, earning a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1942. From 1942-43 he taught high school biology and physics at East Chain School, Guckeen Minnesota. In July of 1943, he was inducted into the military with the 37th Infantry Div. reporting at Fort Snelling. Over the next three years Forrest would see combat in New Guinea, Northern Solomons, and Luzon (Philippine Liberation). In January of 1946 he received an honorable discharge but soon became hospitalized with delayed jungle fever (Malaria). The GI Bill allowed Forrest to further his education and by July of 1946 he was enrolled at the University of Minnesota. Graduate work included studies at Itasca and Isle Royale. Lecture studies included hearing from a gentleman named Aldo Leopold. In August of 1948, Forrest graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters degree in wildlife management and botany. He spent the rest of 1948 at his parent's farm near Verndale, and then caught the Greyhound bus for St. Paul in January of 1949 becoming a game biologist with the Minnesota Conservation Department. In 1950 he became a waterfowl research supervisor, in 1956 he became supervisor of the state's waterfowl research program, and in 1962 he became supervisor of all game research for the state of Minnesota. On November 8, 1952, Forrest married Janet Marion Buscho in Blue Earth, Minnesota. They resided in St. Paul and White Bear Lake, Minnesota where two sons were born (Forrest Jr. 'Chip', and George). In January of 1962, Forrest had been studying a flock of large Canada geese on Silver Lake at Rochester, Minnesota and invited waterfowl experts in for trapping and further examination. The Silver Lake flock turned out to be Branta canadensis maxima, a species long thought to be extinct. As it turned out, the species was not extinct and additional remnant populations would also surface later. In 1964, the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center was built near Jamestown, North Dakota. Its first director, Harvey K Nelson, talked Forrest into leaving Minnesota and in 1965 the family moved to Jamestown. Forrest would head the center's Canada goose production and restoration program. Forrest soon had 64 pens with 64 breeding pairs of screened, high quality birds. The project involved private, state, and federal resources and relied on the expertise and cooperation of many individuals. By the end of 1981, more than 6,000 giant Canada geese had been released at 83 sites in 26 counties in North Dakota. As the giant Canada goose restoration effort was in full swing, another crusade, far away, was just beginning. The Aleutian Canada goose had once wintered in Japan and nested in Russia and dwindling numbers (estimated at 800 worldwide) led to a full blown biological and diplomatic relationship amongst the three countries. By 1970, Forrest was right in the middle of it. The Japanese Association for Wild Geese Protection was formed and eventually the USFWS created the Aleutian Canada Goose Recovery Team, of which Forrest was one of six members. Forrest officially retired from the USFWS in 1983 and threw himself into the ACG cause. This continued for years with many trips to the Aleutian Islands and to the Russian facility at Kamchatka. He headed up restoration efforts on Amchitka Island in the late 1970's and in 1995, at age 76; found himself aboard the USFWS vessel (TIGLAX), tube feeding hundreds of relocated Aleutian geese to a fox free island along the Aleutian chain. Not a single bird was lost in the mission and ACG numbers have significantly risen over the years. Forrest Lee's expertise with geese was known worldwide. He also worked with Russian and Japanese biologists to restore snow geese to Japan, and with biologists using ultralight aircraft to lead young geese from nesting areas to wintering areas. Over the years, Forrest developed very close family like relationships with everyone he worked with. He was affectionately called 'Father Goose' by the Japanese and Russian biologists. They treated him like family and visited him at his home in Jamestown. Anyone who ever met Forrest quickly realized how humble and gentle of a man he was. As taken from an article in the July 1998 ND Outdoors - 'Sitting with Forrest is like sitting with your warmest professor, hardly absent minded, but clearly a bit rumpled in baggy pants, one shoe tied the other loose, a disarming, almost profound grace working its charm and pleasantly stripping you of the need for any appearances'. Throughout his career, Forrest published over sixty-five articles and publications. He received numerous honors and awards at the state, federal, and international level. In 1999, he also received the distinguished alumni award for science and engineering leadership from St. Cloud State University. An avid photographer, his photos appeared in National Geographic and other well known publications. Forrest was also featured in many publications and articles. He was also a lifelong member of many professional and military organizations. Forrest worked long days, seven days a week and oftentimes stayed overnight at the propagation building if the situation warranted it. When he wasn't turning eggs or tending to goslings, he enjoyed reading, writing, and family trips to Minnesota. He liked to fish and hunt. As far as anyone knew, he never fired at a giant Canada goose. Forrest was a great father and very kind to his family. Forrest is survived by two sons, Forrest Jr. 'Chip' (Joan) Lee, Eden Prairie, Minn., and George (Virginia) Lee, Bismarck, ND; four grandchildren include Jami (Jeff) Gunville, Minot, ND, Carina (Chris) Taylor, Fargo, ND, Amber (Brent) Spooner, Bismarck, ND, and Tim (Jenny) Baumann, Duvall, WA; and ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephews Michael (Rita) Rosen, Danville, CA, and Larry (Deb) Lee, Dillard, OR. Forrest was just recently preceded in death by his wife, Janet; and also preceded in death by one infant brother Lawrence Lee, his parents Raymond and Irene Lee, one brother Wesley Lee, one niece Patricia Lee, and one nephew Tom Lee. [This obituary was written by his son, George Lee, and published in the Jamestown Sun newspaper]
  8. The Wildlife Society (TWS) is a professional international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society.
  9. The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), an international organization of about 3,500 members dedicated to fostering sound wetland science, education, and management. The mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists is to promote understanding, scientifically based management, and sustainable use of wetlands.
  10. I shared this announcement with the consulting veterinarian for our center's Animal Care and Use Committee, Dr. Gary Pearson. Gary once worked for us (when we were USFWS) as a wildlife pathologist, but since shifting to private practices he has been a key member of our ACUC committee and deeply committed to animal welfare for our research, which deals largely with birds. He agreed to let me share his comments, below. I share this with you because Gary suggests development of a new device, appropriate for the field, to deal with the issue of euthanasia in small birds and mammals. Would like feedback on this idea.
  11. The U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) conducts integrated research to fulfill the Department of the Interior’s responsibilities to the Nation’s natural resources. Located on 600 acres along the James River Valley near Jamestown, North Dakota, the NPWRC develops and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, conserve, and wisely manage the Nation’s biological resources. Research emphasis is primarily on midcontinental plant and animal species and ecosystems of the United States. The Center is known for its extensive research on waterbirds and grassland birds.
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