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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Globe names ANWR top birding spot

The Boston Globe, in a travel story published today, puts the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at the top of its list of ultimate American birding spots.

Says writer Mark Wilson:
"Few would would argue it is the crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system. ... It is an area of heartbreaking beauty."
Wilson goes on to say that visiting remote and rugged ANWR is difficult and not for the fainthearted. But he says this is part of its appeal, and calls it "the trip of a lifetime."

We haven't heard anything about ANWR's value as bird habitat during the ongoing debate over whether the refuge should be opened to oil drilling. Wilson's writeup reminds us that the refuge has value beyond it's oil -- even beyond its caribou and muskoxen.

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