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Wrangell festival caters to birders of a feather


Brian O'Connor/ Wrangell Sentinel

John Eiler and Mirage field questions from participants in a guest presentation on falconry Saturday night at the Nolan Center. The presentation was part of the Stikine River Birding Festival held last week in Wrangell.

WRANGELL - Hummingbirds are jerks.

That was among the messages, meditations, stories and sights shared at the 2014 Stikine River Birding Festival last week. The annual festival caters to those – like guest speaker and author Noah Strycker – with birds on the brain, and took place most visibly over the weekend. The festival receives funding in part from the US Forest Service's Resource Advisory Committee, which also provides funds for Bearfest in August.

As a conclusion to an hour-long presentation focused in part on insights drawn from the human study of bird behavior, Strycker drew a c...

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