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Lesser Yellowlegs incubating eggs

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Lesser Yellowlegs incubating near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Since the 1970s, this species has declined by ~63%, however, the potential cause(s) of the decline are not fully understood. By tracking adult Lesser Yellowlegs with GPS devices, ornithologists can identify the spatiotemporal migratory patterns of Lesser Yellowlegs between subarctic breeding areas in Alaska and Canada and wintering areas in South America, the Caribbean, Central America, and the contiguous United States. Additionally, this understanding can help direct conservation planning to best address potential threats to the Lesser Yellowlegs.


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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.