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  • Some aspects of birding not always environmentally friendly, professor says

    Spencer Schaffner, a University of Illinois professor who also watches and studies bird-watchers, suggests that the popular pastime known as competitive birding - that is, participation in various types of activities based around the goal of identifying and/or listing the greatest number of avian species - may not be as eco-friendly as it purports to be.

    Spencer Schaffner, a University of Illinois professor who also watches and studies bird-watchers, suggests that the popular pastime known as competitive birding - that is, participation in various types of activities based around the goal of identifying and/or listing the greatest number of avian species - may not be as eco-friendly as it purports to be.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Schaffner, call 217-237-7236; e-mail spencers@illinois.edu.