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By Irene Pepperberg

On September 6, 2007, an African gray parrot named Alex died upfront at age thirty-one. His final phrases to his proprietor, Irene Pepperberg, have been "You be strong. i like you."

What would routinely be a quiet, very deepest occasion used to be, in Alex's case, headline information. Over the thirty years they'd labored jointly, Alex and Irene had develop into famous-two pioneers who opened an extraordinary window into the hidden but gigantic international of animal minds. Alex's mind used to be the dimensions of a shelled walnut, and whilst Irene and Alex first met, birds weren't believed to own any power for language, cognizance, or something remotely resembling human intelligence. but, through the years, Alex proved many stuff. He may upload. He may sound out phrases. He understood options like greater, smaller, extra, fewer, and none. He used to be in a position to concept and purpose. jointly, Alex and Irene exposed a startling fact: we are living in a global populated through considering, wakeful creatures.

The status that resulted used to be impressive. but there has been a facet to their dating that by no means made the papers. They have been emotionally attached to each other. They shared a deep bond a ways past technological know-how. Alex ignored Irene whilst she was once away. He was once jealous whilst she paid realization to different parrots, or maybe humans. He beloved to teach her who was once boss. He enjoyed to bounce. He occasionally grew to become bored via the repetition of his checks, and performed jokes on her. occasionally they sniped at one another. but approximately each day, they each one acknowledged, "I love you."

Alex and Irene stayed jointly via thick and thin-despite sneers from specialists, awesome monetary sacrifices, and a nomadic life from one univer­sity to a different. the tale in their thirty-year event is both a landmark of medical success and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.

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The white trailing edge of the wings can been seen in flight. The toes are flanked with lobes that enable the coot to walk on water plants and swim efficiently. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults but paler. Coots are often seen in very large flocks. The adult is illustrated. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis Family Gruidae (Cranes) Size: 45” Season: Winter Habitat: Fields, shallow wetlands The Sandhill Crane is tall bird with long, strong legs, a long neck, and a long, straight bill. The long, thick tertial feathers create the distinctive bustle on the rear of all cranes.

The Willet is found singly or in scattered flocks, and picks or probes for crabs, crustaceans, and worms in the mud and sand. Its call is a loud wil-let, often uttered in flight. The winter adult is illustrated. 5” Season: Year-round or winter Habitat: Streamsides, edges of lakes and ponds SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES The solitary Spotted Sandpiper is known for its exaggerated, constant bobbing motion. It has a compact body, long tail, and short neck and legs. Plumage is brown above and light below, with a white shoulder patch.

Plumage is gray overall but may become spotted with rust-colored stains caused by preening with a bill stained by iron-rich mud. In flocks, it grazes in fields, gleaning grains, insects, and small animals, and returns to protected wetland areas in the evening to roost. The voice of the Sandhill Crane is a throaty, penetrating trumpeting sound. Unlike herons, it flies in groups with its neck extended. The adult is illustrated. indd 28 11/9/11 11:26 AM Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 11” Season: Winter along Pacific coast Habitat: Open areas, coastal or inland PLOVERS The Black-bellied Plover is a relatively large plover with long, pointed wings and a whistling flight call.

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