Birders taking action to protect birds

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How far would you go to conserve birds? Some scientists and volunteers take it to the extreme, risking bodily harm — whether from cliffs, undertows, frostbite, exhaustion, or armed poachers — and performing feats of athleticism that would make an X-Gamer proud. Obliterating the stereotype of pale and feeble scientists hunched over beakers, these “action-hero” avian protectors thrive in inhospitable places and are often on the front lines of the extinction crisis. (Though this profile focuses on birds, “extreme scientists” work across an array of fields, from deep-sea divers, spelunkers, and hu…

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