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Every organism requires certain conditions from its habitat, including this six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata). Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.

Flight Lines: When it comes to the outdoors, it's all habitat

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Years ago I tried looking for Baird's sparrow in Cass County. I knew this sought-after songbird was a grassland specialist and, well, there's grass in Cass County isn't there? Little did I know how ridiculous this errant quest was. A friend of mine gently but surely led me to realize I was wasting my time. The bird just won't be here. I was confusing habitat with range.


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