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Illinois outdoors: Banding bluebills in photos

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LEWISTOWN, Ill.--Click here for today's column on banding bluebills on the backwaters of the lower Illinois River; with a series of photos here.

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Ducks Unlimited biologist Eric Schenck made sure I had a hands-on experience.

We started at Emiquon Preserve, The Nature Conservancy's great experiment/restoration by the Illinois.


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Scaup (bluebills) were drawn into baited traps.


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Then a mix of workers from IDNR, Illinois Natural History Survey, TNC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service netted the birds and transferred them to crates.


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Once in crates, they were taken back to Forbes Biological Station for banding and release. The bird below was already banded when trapped.


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We also checked three traps at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge on the other side of the river.


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The question is what the study on bluebill migrations and feeding habits will end up discovering.


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It was quite the experience to have up close.

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