Counting ducks from 500 feet above: How a wetland bird ecologist inventories waterfowl along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers

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Josh Osborn has a unique job. The Navy veteran turned ecologist leads the waterfowl aerial inventories from the Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana.

Taking to the skies every autumn and spring during migration seasons, Osborn makes regular educated estimates of the number and types of birds flocking along 212 miles of the Illinois River and 214 miles of the Mississippi River.

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