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At center is a lone Clark's grebe nest amid a colony of western grebes earlier this summer in Stutsman County. Keith Corliss

Nature at its finest is close at hand

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My earliest memory of western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) comes not from personal observation but rather from television in the late 1960s. I recall being a rather young child and watching film footage of the spectacular courtship dance of these dynamic water birds. It could have been a National Geographic special, a Disney show, or Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. It doesn't really matter I suppose, the point is it had a lasting impact.

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