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Rare birds indeed, now no longer rare

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Peregrine falcons made news recently, in a story about their amazing return from the brink of extinction, and the role that Minnesotans have played in their recovery. It’s a story every bit as dramatic as the return to abundance of the wood duck, a staple species in the bags of Minnesota duck hunters, a bird whose survival in the late 19th and early 20th century was threatened by market shooting for its plumage and flesh, and loss of its habitat.

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