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Worm: Birds, bears, pears and perseverance

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Tiny mummy: Wenatchee window washer Kevin Miller was surprised to find a dead hummingbird on a Wenatchee Golf and Country Club house windowsill in East Wenatchee last month. It looked as though it was frozen in time, said Miller, who owns Clear Skeyes Window Washing. The bird was somehow perfectly preserved. Miller called a local taxidermist and Wenatchee Valley College biology Professor Dan Stephens to learn more about the rare find. He was told that the bird had probably got caught in the exterior window shade, panicked and died and then was quickly desiccated and mummified in the hot sun beaming on the window. They told him it was an extremely unusual occurrence. Miller had a taxidermist mount the bird on a stick as in flight and had photographer Chuck Strawn shoot a few photos before donating it to the Wenatchee River Institute for their teaching collection.

Bearly noticed: Finding fresh bear tracks along the Sage Hills trail Wednesday morning was a real treat for veteran foothills hiker and runner Welcome Sauer of Wenatchee. He spotted them within a couple of hundred yards of homes on a well-traveled stretch of trail, and believes bear visits to the trail itself don’t happen all that often.

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