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And now, on to non-Palin Alaska news.

The godwits arrive in New Zealand from Alaska, skinny and tired and early. New Zealand’s One News says conservationists are worried why the birds took such a quick exit [sic] from their Alaska homeland.

The bar-tailed godwit arrives in New Zealand after a non-stop 11,000-kilometer flight over the Pacific, landing tired, worn out and starved.

Godwits have been steadily losing large chunks of their feeding grounds in Asia, where the birds stop over on their return trip to Alaska at the end of the summer.
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/newsreader/story/520577.html

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