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Booming industry takes flight along San Pedro River

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The desert’s warm sun barely rises over the mountains of Cochise County, and the brisk air rejuvenates eager birders on this mid-January day. Nine birders prepare themselves for the day’s adventure — binoculars, scopes and identifying bird books. Belinda Brodie, one of the nine, carries a tattered notebook ready to write down each species she hopes to spot. She and her husband furthered their interest in birding when they moved to Arizona. That interest is what brings Brodie and the eight other birders to the San Pedro River this chilly morning. This 150-mile-long stretch of water is one of the few rivers that flows north from Mexico to southern Arizona. It serves as a major conservation corridor, and is home to hundreds of birds, native and migratory, throughout the year. January tends to bring raptors and sparrows in peak numbers....

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