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Belted Kingfisher, a bird, photo taken from a kayak in Morro Bay, CA - photo by Mike Baird,

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11 July 2009 - this image appeared on p. 6 of the Dunes Center quarterly publication 2009v13.1 in an article entitled "What if a Bird Sings and No One Hears It?" by Sam Hamilton, Fish & Wildlife Service.


10 March 2010 Creative Commons use, in an American Museum of Natural History book: JulieFinestone has sent you a message on Flickr.

Subject: image use MUST READ

Date: 10th March, 2010

Dear Mike Baird, I am writing about some of the photos you have posted on flickr; there is a list of eleven URLs at the bottom of this note. I would like to use these images as illustrations in a book I am writing. The book is called a Field Guide to Urban Wildlife of North America. Stackpole Books will publish it in 2011. The book will be available but I don't expect to make a profit from it; it is both an educational work and a labor of love. The book will contain a few hundred photos, and flickr members contributed many of them. The creative commons license you have posted indicates that the photos may be freely used if attributed. I have read your profile and will follow those instructions and attribute each photo. My name is Julie Feinstein (it was already taken on flickr). I work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. You can contact me through flickr mail or at my work email address: jfstein [at} @amnh d o t org. Thank you for making the photos available! I am profoundly grateful for your generosity. I will send you a copy of the book when it is released.

Best regards, Julie

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