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Avian Research and Conservation Institute

The nonprofit Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), based in Gainesville, recently celebrated the anniversary of tagging a great white heron named Upper Harbor that they have been monitoring for six years, their longest assignment to date. With satellite tracking, the group has identified the bird’s nesting and fishing locations that and other herons also use.


ARCI trains students and wildlife professionals, advises government agencies and educates the public to increase appreciation for science-based conservation. 


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