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It's not limited to birds, but it delighted me and perhaps will some  
of you.  An article in New York Times by Carol Kaesuk Yoon laments  
the dying of the science of taxonomy,

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/science/11naming.html?_r=1&hp

 From the concluding paragraph:
".....find an organism, any organism, small, large, gaudy, subtle —  
anywhere, and they are everywhere — and get a sense of it, its shape,  
color, size, feel, smell, sound. ...... meditate, luxuriate in its  
beetle-ness, its daffodility. Then find a name for it. Learn  
science’s name, one of countless folk names, or make up your own. To  
do so is to change everything, including yourself. Because once you  
start noticing organisms, once you have a name for particular beasts,  
birds and flowers, you can’t help seeing life and the order in it,  
just where it has always been, all around you."

June Newman
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Carrollton, Mo

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