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When I first moved to west of Mount Jackson in early July to share a house with a friend, a water feature on the deck had a broken pump and was filled with tadpoles. The plastic “frog pond,” as we refer to it, looks like a livestock trough and had less than a foot of water in it when we arrived, along with one potted aquatic plant. Such shallow pools are desirable breeding habitat for many amphibian species.

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Those of us who feed birds tend to do it for two reasons: to enjoy observing and learning about birds, and to help them survive. But birds that congregate at feeders are also running the risk of sharing diseases and parasites; finches, for example, can spread a form of conjunctivitis. This spring, when common backyard birds started dying in several mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia, the issue of feeding wild birds once again came into focus.



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