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Abstract: Significant observations and first records of birds by Maurice Ellison for the West Kootenay area, B.C. between 1940 and 1997 are presented. Between 1948 and 1968, as vegetation was re-established near the Cominco smelter at Trail, the number of landbird species recorded gradually increased while the number of waterbird species remained stable.
Key words: Maurice Ellison, historic bird records, West Kootenay, Cominco smelter Trail
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