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• Overlooked Lives Overhead — Even the most common birds engage in surprisingly complex behavior. You can spy on their secret lives right out your window. Marie Read says birdwatching is a great way to learn about nature and reduce stress. Read is a wildlife photographer and author of "The Secret Lives of Common Birds." She advocates a kind of Zen approach to birdwatching. >>
• They Are What They Eat — Some birds give literal meaning to the phrase. Up until a few decades ago, cedar waxwings were distinguished by their yellow-tipped tails. But beginning in the 1960s, these birds began to show some orange in their tail feathers in the Northeast. >>
• Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Water — Disappearing ducks make headlines, but threats to thousands of other plants and animals go largely unnoticed. Biologists published evidence that North America's duck population will drop substantially in 50 years - if the climate changes the way experts say it will. The biologists predicted that slightly warmer temperatures in the heart of the continent will dry up wetlands that support most of North America's ducks. >>