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Tyler and Callie, Dave and Annie Samson's nephew and niece, play with Flutter, a male monarch butterfly rescued last October, in the Samson home in West Fargo. David Samson/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Lonely insect touches lives of many
March 2, 2011 - 12:00am
February 16, 2011
The gray (or Hungarian) partridge, a bird native to Eurasia, has survived introduction into areas of the Great Plains to the benefit of bird hunters.
Flight Lines: World an ever-changing place, transmigration constant
February 16, 2011 - 12:00am
February 2, 2011
This extremely dark house sparrow appears to be covered in soot, even on its beak and legs.
Flight Lines: Resisting the rigors of winter; behaviors meant to survive cold
February 2, 2011 - 12:00am
January 19, 2011
Hillsboro's Rosalie Anderson leafs through her treasured National Geograpic bird field guide recently in her apartment.
Flight Lines: Hillsboro woman has a passion for birds
January 19, 2011 - 12:00am
January 5, 2011
A light-morph juvenile or sub-adult rough-legged hawk as seen earlier this fall. This individual still displays characters common to others: A bold dark belly band and dark patches at the wing "wrists."
Flight Lines: Rodents beware, rough-legged hawks in area
January 5, 2011 - 12:00am
December 22, 2010
Robert O'Connor returns from a chilly walk into a field last Saturday after verifying the identification of red-winged blackbirds found north of West Fargo.
Flight Lines: Local bird watchers raise bar with highest-ever count
December 22, 2010 - 12:00am
December 8, 2010
With verified sightings from Montana, Manitoba, Minnesota, and South Dakota, a glimpse of a curve-billed thrasher in North Dakota is overdue. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Ten species to watch for in this decade
December 8, 2010 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
A typical view of an eastern towhee buried in cover. Its orange flanks are evident; the black head and back verifies its sex as a male. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Towhee tests Cass County winter with brief visit
November 24, 2010 - 12:00am
November 10, 2010
Due to shortening days, whitetail jackrabbits are undergoing a dramatic change in appearance which will turn the animals' coats a snowy white. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Speed and camouflage, hallmarks of the jack
November 10, 2010 - 12:00am
October 27, 2010
Nature often reveals its hidden secrets -- such as this green darner (Anax junius) dragonfly hiding in a bur oak tree -- to those with a measured approach. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Learning the value of patience and going slow
October 27, 2010 - 12:00am
October 13, 2010
A dark-phased red-tailed hawk is seen soaring over Clay County last weekend. This type is more typically encountered in the far west and only seen locally during migration. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Variations abound for this red-tailed hawk
October 13, 2010 - 12:00am
September 29, 2010
A female purple finch (left) and a likely immature male showed up in a West Fargo yard on September 4. The deeply notched tail of the adult bird is another indicator to separate purple finch from the more common house finch.
Flight Lines: Purple finch, the one 'supposed' to be here
September 29, 2010 - 12:00am
September 15, 2010
Goldenrod galls can be easily seen almost anywhere the plants are numerous. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Fishermen and woodpeckers share secret
September 15, 2010 - 7:57am
September 1, 2010
A rare barn owl--likely a female--roosts alone in an ash tree along the edge of Petersburg, N.D., last weekend, waiting for nightfall to feed. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Night stalker among the natural beauties
September 1, 2010 - 12:00am
August 18, 2010
Out-of-state birders line up along a South Dakota trail for a glimpse at perhaps the most talked about bird in America this year, the orange-billed nightingale-thrush. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: In pursuit of passion, the chase isn't always easy
August 18, 2010 - 12:00am