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Slide Mountain

On the highest peak, named Slide Mountain, over 4000 feet

In the Catskills, 1881, Eugene Bicknell’s did meet

 A new elusive migratory thrush, on a mountain climb

A chance to collect a specimen, a custom of the time

No keen observer had discovered this reclusive bird yet.

so the bird was named after the discoverer, custom set,

Many years later, in 2015, Bicknell’s great, great, grandson,

on Mt. Mansfield in Vermont, glimpsed and released another one

 Under clear skies, scientists opened 22 nets in the dawn,

Teddy, the descendent, held one specimen until it was gone

There are so many threats, but the species will survive

If future generations of stewards keep the bird alive

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