This essay’s muse, photographed by N H, whose work on Flickr is truly spectacular.

It Took a Museum, a Lab, & Some Databases

Or, why identifying one group of birds can be a nightmare for birders & geneticists alike

Nick Minor
Jul 27, 2016 · 7 min read

“Nature was not designed to make life easy for biologists.”

The bird on Jan. 27th (left) and Feb. 23rd (right) 2013. Notice how much more disheveled the bird looks in February
An example of what the wayward Virginia empid would prove to be, photographed in Alberta by Tony LePrieur.
A diagram of DNA, with emphasis on the sequence. From Encyclopedia Britannica.
Dusky Flycatcher range from the online encyclopedia Birds of North America. Note how out of the way Virginia is.

Citations:

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Thanks to Isabella Armour.

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Aspiring explorer-naturalist with a passion for birds, big questions about biodiversity, storytelling, & adventure.

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