Nature Notes: Soldier turns to birding in Iraq

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Columbus Dispatch today ran a great feature on an Ohio soldier who has become a resident nature expert while stationed overseas.

The first section:

Maj. Randel Rogers' official job duties include making sure that troops in western Iraq have all the ammunition, food, water and fuel they need.

But it's his unofficial duties that have attracted an audience on base, across Iraq and throughout the United States.

Rogers, an Ohio Army National Guard member at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, is an amateur birder, a naturalist and the go-to guy for all questions of flora and fauna.

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