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Get out and enjoy: Shorebirds are flourishing

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John J. Audubon wrote on May 31, 1832, of an outing in the Florida Keys where he saw thousands of marbled godwits on a mud bar south of Cape Sable.

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“Four or five guns were fired at once, and the slaughter was such that I was quite satisfied with the number obtained, both for specimens and for food. For this reason we refrained from firing at them again, although the temptation was at times great . . .”

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