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Bird Decline with NRRI's Alexis Grinde and Mark Jacobs

 An adult Veery is held by a researcher after being banded. It is a drab brown-and-cream bird with a dark beek and large black eyes. It has two bands on each ankle.
University of Minnesota: NRRI Bird lab
Adult Veery

Mark Jacobs, retired Aitkin County Land Commissioner is helping us produce a series about natural resource based issues important to our region.  This month we continuted the conversation on forests and birds with Alexis Grinde from the Natural Resources Research Institute.  She's a wildlife ecologist and she talked with us about birds and habitat. 

Credit June Breneman / NRRI
American Woodcock Chick by June Breneman


About NRRI

As part of the University of Minnesota system research enterprise, NRRI employs over 140 scientists, engineers, technicians, staff and students in two industrial research facilities. Through collaborative partnerships, we deliver the innovative tools and solutions needed to utilize and sustain Minnesota’s precious natural resources.

For more information check out this article from Science Magazine "Decline of Northern American Avifauna" reporting a loss of nearly 3-billion birds over the last 50 years. 

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.