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The All American Turkey Show was a winter event, held in February at the Grand Forks Municipal Auditorium on Fifth Street north of downtown.
I’ve been pondering the cackling goose since I encountered a giant flock of them along the Red River Greenway.
The birds that pass through our area are bound for Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound on the mid-Atlantic Coast. They use wetlands in North Dakota as a stopover in migration.
This is the second “robinfall” I’ve seen this season, and the third this year.
Ordinarily, this is a bird of deep canyons in Arizona and New Mexico, and not of shelterbelts and farmyards in North Dakota. Nevertheless, a painted redstart showed up near Pisek, N.D., on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The juncos’ preference for low foliage makes them frequent guests in backyards and along the Red River Greenway, where they feed along the pavement.

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Snow goose numbers are problematic. A population explosion has led to deterioration of habitat on their nesting grounds along the Arctic coast of North America, including a famous site at La Perouse Bay, which is almost straight north of Grand Forks on the shore of Hudson Bay.
The men face up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,500 in fines for the felonies and 30 days in jail and a $250 fine for the misdemeanor.
Our little expedition also found a single fox sparrow – a harbinger of things to come.

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