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By Dan Rudy 

Birding festival wins award for mindfulness


February 16, 2017

Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

USFS wildlife technician Gwen Baluss tweezes a tick from a Lincoln sparrow caught in April 2015 for demonstrative purposes during the 18th Stikine River Birding Festival. The delicate sparrow was caught using a drift net near Heritage Harbor, an activity scheduled for last year's festival that was unable to take place due to heavy wind and rain.

Wrangell's springtime birding festival was acknowledged for its mindfulness and dedication to conservation.

The Stikine River Birding Festival received the 2017 Mindful Birding Award from the Mindful Birding Project, which promotes ethical birding and conservation efforts nationwide. The award comes with a $500 grant, which was applied for by the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We wrote in and explained how we met their criteria," said Carol Rushmore, Wrangell's economic director.

Mindful Birding had first contacted the Wrangell Ranger District of the United States Forest Service ab...

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