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Birds and Junipers

A cliffside juniper grove is a natural
garden featuring twisted trunks and
sculpted rocks. Badlands birds seek
out these pleasant places both in
summer and in winter.

Here they find nest sites and
song perches, and hiding
places from predators and
mean weather. Bluebirds,
solitaires, robins, waxwings,
and many others eat juniper
berries, sweet with the flavor
of gin.

It is the birds which plant the
juniper gardens. Flying far
after a good meal, they drop
seeds at random. Some of
those seeds grow up, and
in time shelter other birds.

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