Flamingoly Asked Questions

By Hugh Powell
July 24, 2008
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You’ve still got until noon next Monday (UPDATE: the challenge is over – thanks to everyone who helped and check back soon for a wrap-up and announcement of winners) to help us with our organizational challenge and maybe win a prize. But here at Round Robin it’s time to talk about frequently asked questions.

Our science editor, Laura Erickson, is compiling a book of answers to bird questions, and she wants to make sure she answers whatever you might have been puzzling over lately.

We do have quite a treasure trove of questions to draw from already. For 22 years, Laura has fielded questions on her Minnesota radio show. And here at the Lab, Anne Hobbs negotiates a constant stream of inquiries from e-mails and phone calls.

But questions are like dandelions: they just keep popping up. So consider this post an open thread for collecting your questions – and send your incessantly curious friends over here, too. Over the next few weeks, I’ll add any stumpers that Anne sends me. To set the tone, here’s a quick sampler culled from recent questions:

What is this gorgeous black, white, and red bird at my feeder?

Could a hawk eat my dog?

Where do young Purple Martins disappear to right after they leave the nest?

More questions and answers here. Now let’s hear some of yours!

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