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Spring migrations shifting to high gear

March 22, 2014
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

MIGRATION is well underway. One doesn't have to even look to the sky. Just listen to the voices of birds. With a bit of care, and one can pick out various species of geese, ducks and maybe even sandhill cranes as they talk to each other in large milling masses. It is fun to see. It is fun to listen. And it is fun to make accurate identifications of nature's spring showcase. All of these animals are making the ages old quest northward to summer breeding grounds. It is a pattern of mandatory response that they must adhere to ... go north, eat, survive and reproduce while the northern hemisphere comes out of its deep freeze of the past winter.



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