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Lesser Yellowlegs chick foraging in boreal forest

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Lesser Yellowlegs chicks are precocial, meaning that they hatch in an advanced state and are capable of feeding themselves and moving independently almost immediately after hatch. Since the 1970s, this species has declined by ~63%, yet the potential cause(s) of the decline are not fully understood. Successful breeding across the breeding range (sub-arctic) is crucial for maintaining a healthy population.


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Permission via email for USGS to use photos taken by Laura McDuffie while an employee of USFWS Migratory Bird Management. Photos may be used in public data releases, multimedia pages, webpages, and social media.