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Duluth native Sarah Knutie holds baby finches while studying the same birds that Charles Darwin did in the Galapagos Islands as a doctoral student in biology at the University of Utah. (Photos by Sarah Knutie)

Duluth native discovers possible method to save Darwin's finches

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A hummingbird in a person’s hand was the ripple that started the wave that set a Duluth schoolgirl named Sarah Knutie on the path to becoming a biologist.

“As cheesy as it sounds, it was the first time I went to Hawk Ridge,” Knutie said. “I saw a hummingbird in the hand and thought, ‘How cool is that to see it up close.’ I fell in love.”

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