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A baby protests getting his new silver bracelet that identifies him for the ­­­U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

For the love of a bug-eating violet bird

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For Don Wilkins, preservation of an endangered violet blue bird has been a retirement obsession.

The 200+ adults and 450 chicks make up the largest purple martin population in the state.


Thursday was banding day.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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