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  •  Well Gosh Darn It (2+ / 0-)
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    lineatus, War on Error

    Next time I'll collect a trash bag of dead raptors and put the kibosh on any ambiguity. Where do I deliver them?

    •  To give you a serious answer - if you ever find a (1+ / 0-)
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      bernardpliers

      dead bird in good, fresh condition and you don't mind holding onto it long enough to deliver it, many natural history museums or institutions of higher learning with specimen collections would really appreciate them.  Just remember to note the date and the location where it was found, and any other information that might be useful.  If you can't take it within a day or so, it's best to freeze it.

      In the old days, they used to just go shoot all of them that they needed or wanted.  Now they do very little collecting, especially of common species.  However, they still appreciate being able to add specimens to document plumage, morphological differences, etc.  I imagine it will become even more important as populations shift due to climate change.  It might not seem like a big deal now to bring 'em a robin or a jay, but a hundred years from now they might be looking back on those skins as documentation for when the southern birds began moving north.

      The birds I've brought to Cal Academy and other organizations have mostly been roadkills, but a few were birds that hit the window at my office.

      They only call it Class War when we fight back.

      by lineatus on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 08:22:29 PM PST

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    •  And to give you a second serious answer (1+ / 0-)
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      bernardpliers

      If you think that the birds may have been killed by pesticides or other chemicals (say, if you find a cluster of them), you can take them to Fish & Wildlife and ask to have them tested.  I'd go for F&W over the USDA, personally.

      They only call it Class War when we fight back.

      by lineatus on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 08:25:32 PM PST

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