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Red-eyed vireo fills the forest, hearts of its listeners with song

Lake Artemesia is an incredibly popular natural oasis just east of the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. On summer weekends, bikers, joggers and families with children in strollers fill the 1.5-mile path that circles the lake. People fishing and bird watching or just out for a walk join the fun, all enjoying a respite from work, school and Washington, DC, traffic.

The paved paths are ideal for my scooter, allowing me to explore bird habitat that isn’t limited to a few steps from my car. While the lake supports a surprising array of waterfowl, it is the extensive — and paved — Anacostia Trail system bordering the park that reveals the area’s real avian bounty.

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Observing the birds of our region brings perspective about their lives, and ours.

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