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Light-footed Ridgway's Rail

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The light-footed Ridgway’s rail, a handsome but secretive waterbird that lives on tidal marshland fragments in southern California from Santa Barbara County south to Baja California, Mexico.

USGS is gathering and analyzing DNA from blood samples throughout the subspecies’ range to document the light-footed Ridgway’s rail’s genetic health.


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