Birders help discover new species

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Birders help discover new species
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PBS Radio interviewed the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History curator, Kristofer Helgen, who after looking at unique racoon-like pelts in museums around the world, went on the search for a yet undiscovered species.  But he credits world-wide bird photographers for learning about his news and taking photographs of the Baby Olinguito, Bassaricyon, which includes racoons and ringtails. Helgen said those photographs were critical in the species discovery, and pointed him to the La Mesenia Reserve in the western Andes region of Colombia, where the Baby Olinguitos live.

So this isn't the first time photography critically assists in significant discoveries. ATTA WAY BIRDERS!   Don

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