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Center’s eiders aren’t ducking romance

No eggs yet -- but there have been waddling, wing-flapping and a few other signs of courtship among some rare, diving seaducks at the Alaska Sealife Center.

Fewer than 1,000 Steller’s eiders are thought to make up the bird’s breeding population in Alaska. Researcher Tuula Hollmen has been heading up an effort over the past year to breed the birds in captivity. Among other clues suggesting things may be going well are increased food consumption and down lining a nest.

[Read more at Alaska Sealife Center]

Alaska Sealife Center image | Posted 08.18.04 at 1:45 am


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