A Nocturnal Courting Mystery…

Happy Valentine's Day, friends. Today's post is an unplanned, real-life story that took place over the past two days. It has to do with birds, romance, mysteries and lifelong learning. I hope you enjoy it! It all began with an integrity check. As a firm believer in the importance of citizen science (aka "'community science"), I've regularly participated in a number of wildlife studies that depended on the observations and data collection of regular folks who cared about the world around them. "Like what?," you might ask? Well, here's a few projects that come to mind: I can recall hundreds of humid summer evening bike rides with a toddler in tote, scanning rural backroads for turtles crossing.I vividly remember leading groups of volunteers on the wild, snowy trails of the…
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