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  •  well.humph. (6+ / 0-)

    this explains a lot!

    He and your brother probably knew my uncle, a Canadian Fish and Wildlife contractor and professor of Ornithology with his phd from Cornell.

    yeah, he's the one who kicked my where the kicking was best when he caught me throwing rocks at his Purple Martins. I never got to kidsplain that I was exploring how great they are as flyers as I never could hit them, they just avoided my rocks.
    In the name of science!

    He was Dr Thomas Barry, if you get to asking them.

    He told of studying/banding Murres on an island near Ellsmere Island, when a polar bear and her three cubs came and sniffed at him in his orange tent.

    He thought it was an Arctic Fox so he whapped it on the nose, the nose said 'WHUFF!' and thundering feets were heard.

    He looked out the tent flap as the terrified four bears ran away down the beach...and out into space over a creek that went across the beach sand.

    Uncle Tom spent a lot of time near Inuvik and doing polar bird research, mostly on Snow Geese as well as Black Brandt iirc.  I found a paper he did in 1968 about native use of Eider ducks..l.another reference was to  stubborn  ice that hadn't melted in time for migrating sea birds, 100,000 of which starved on the ice...then.

    We never talked much after the kicking incident.

    Thanks Polly, very interesting!

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:51:50 AM PDT

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