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Barnard native’s passion for birds lands him feature in MDC magazine

Posted August 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Anyone who knows Jack Hilsabeck recognizes that he has a lifelong passion for birds and learning everything about them.

His love has trickled down to now include his children and even grandchildren who live in New Mexico. That same interest in studying birds allowed Hilsabeck to be featured in the May 2014 Missouri Department of Conservation publication, Missouri Conservationist.

“It was my daughter-in-law who actually nominated me to be featured in the magazine,” Hilsabeck said of his son Clay’s wife, Jodi.

Since 2001, Hilsabeck has been heavily involved in banding birds around the Missouri Western campus and other areas

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    Graham, like the rest of the country, saw its fair share of rough times, including the Civil War and the Great Depression.
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