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The song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is one of the most variable birds in America with 24 different subspecies recognized by scientists. This individual, photographed in Oregon, contrasts sharply with the subspecies adapted to our area.

Flight Lines: With time, everything changes and adapts

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Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first described the native people near the southern tip of South America - an area he named Tierra del Fuego - in 1520 during his historic circumnavigation of the world (historic note: Magellan didn't finish the trip, he was killed by natives in what is now the Philippines. Only one vessel from his three-ship fleet completed the three year journey back to Spain).

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