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NDGF Department Courtesy Photo The western meadowlark has been spotted in North Dakota in February. The meadowlark is the state bird and normally doesn't arrive until March.

Meadowlark spotting: Western meadowlark seen in February almost a month earlier than normal

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The winter in western North Dakota this season has been unusual and when one strange things happens it's a domino effect that more are set to follow.


On Feb. 19, John Heiser, a Badlands naturalist that works in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, saw a western meadowlark.

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