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Wild Coincidence: Same Bird, Same Biologist, Different Country

Conservation biologists at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich are giddy over a rare reunion with a tiny songbird.

For 20 years, they've been tracking the Bicknell's Thrush as the species migrates back and forth from its summer nesting habitat atop Mount Mansfield to its winter habitat in the Dominican Republic. Several years ago, during a visit to the Dominican Republic, VCE biologists banded Bicknell's Thrushes and released them. But in a recent unexpected turn, the same group of scientists recently recaptured one of those individual birds on Mt. Mansfield. Our guest is Chris Rimmer, executive director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, to provide the details about the Bicknell's Thrush and the story that one bird can tell about habitat conservation. (On June 26, VCE holds a fundraiser for Bicknell's Thrush conservation from 6-7:30 at Topnotch Reseort in Stowe. Contact the Vermont Center for Ecostudies for details.)

Also in the program, our series of political interviews continues with Liberty Union candidate for governor Peter Diamondstone. Diamondstone is among the candidates who are challenging incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin in the Vermont governor's race.

And, we learn about Northfield Middle-High School's alternative program, called STAR, where students who struggle in traditional classrooms are finding success.

Broadcast live on Wed., June 18, 2014 at 12 noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Correction: The headline has been changed from the original post.

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