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Female and male Indigo Bunting

It's another milestone for Tom Kashmer, Research Coordinator of Sandusky County Park District. In 2010, Tom banded his 100,000th bird, a feat accomplished by very few individuals around the country.

Tom recently reached a unique place in history when an Indigo Bunting crossed his path on Sept. 28, 2013 at Creek Bend Farm in Lindsey.

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Father-daughter Federal Duck Stamp winners to be at Biggest Week

The love of nature and a skill in art run deep in the Grimm family. Elyria native Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, age 7, each took first place in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contests for their age categories and have both received the honor of having their paintings appear on this year’s duck stamps. 

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is nothing new to professional wildlife artist Adam Grimm. His 1999 contest-winning painting for the special 2000 Millennial Federal Duck Stamp kicked off his professional painting career at age 21 and also made him the youngest person to have ever won the federal contest. 

Grimm takes the competition very seriously. Although there is no monetary prize for winning, the prestige and notoriety associated with the contest can provide a plethora of career opportunities for the wildlife artist, enough to justify the months of work that can go into creating a painting worthy of entering. 

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Send us your birding photos!

Short earred owl by Aimee Weidner

With the Biggest Week in American Birding approaching, The Beacon is asking our readers to send us their birding photos. Send your photo, your name and the type of bird to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will compile them into a photo gallery and print them in The Beacon. Happy birding!

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