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A California jay pauses in a tree at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with what appears to be a nut.

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A California jay pauses in a tree at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with what appears to be a nut.



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A pied-billed grebe patrols the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s pond for fish.

A California jay, above, pauses in a tree at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with what appears to be a nut. At right, a pied-billed grebe patrols the Center’s pond for fish. The pied-billed grebe is an aquatic species that breeds at the edge of open water in freshwater lakes, ponds, sluggish rivers, and marshes. When disturbed, it sinks like a submarine, rather than diving, and re-emerges with only its head above water.



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