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Throughout her research, Sarah Knutie was able to get up close and photograph the birds. There are 14 species of Darwin's finches on the islands. The variety of the birds and the different niches each fills helped to inform and inspire Charles Darwin's work on evolutionary theory. Photo by Sarah Knutie

Minnesotan’s research could help save Galapagos finches

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DULUTH -- A hummingbird in a person’s hand was the ripple that started the wave that overcame a Duluth schoolgirl named Sarah Knutie and set her on the path to becoming a biologist.

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“As cheesy as it sounds, it was the first time I went to Hawk Ridge,” said Knutie (pronounced Kuh-newt-ie). “I saw a hummingbird in the hand and thought, ‘How cool is that to see it up close.’ I fell in love.”

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