Help identifying wild birds; inmates raise rare frogs, butterflies

Help identifying wild birds

Hawk

Is this a sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper’s hawk?
Photo by Donna Dewhurst, courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Check out this great resource — Tricky Bird Identifications — from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for figuring out who’s who at your birdfeeder.

You may also want to participate in Cornell’s Project FeederWatch.

Washington state inmates raise rare frogs, butterflies

Washington state inmates have been working as ecological research assistants, partnering in recent years with scientists doing conservation projects. Their efforts include breeding threatened butterflies and growing native flowers and prairie grasses.

This is great news that could be beneficial all over the region. See the rest of the story in the Oregonian.

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