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Photo Journal: Fine feathered find

(Photo courtesy of Masahiro Nakata)

A female Japanese rock ptarmigan designated as an endangered species is seen among snow-covered rocks at Mount Kisokoma in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano on Nov. 4, 2018, three months after the species was spotted for the first time in some 50 years there. While some 3,000 rock ptarmigans inhabited the country in the 1980s, there are now less than 2,000 in the southern and northern Alps and other places due to habitat loss or other causes. The Ministry of the Environment and other authorities will launch a trial to artificially breed the bird in the fiscal year starting April 2019.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiro Igarashi, Science & Environment News Department)

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