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Scientists announce discovery of new species of seabird, the first in 89 years

March 23, 2011
“We believe this is a relic population that was completely missed by Darwin himself, who sailed along that very coast a century ago,”
- ornithologist Peter Harrison

From photographs taken by noted ornithologist Peter Harrison and reports by members of a five-member multinational expedition, bird watchers are following what for them is the event of a lifetime: the discovery of a new species of seabird.

The existence of the sparrow-sized black and white species of storm petrel was confirmed in February near the coastal community of Puerto Montt, Chile, according to Harrison, who is scheduled to announce the find Friday evening during a banquet ceremony in San Diego hosted by the San Diego Bird Festival/Audubon California Assembly, a gathering of birders and conservationists.

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