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520 bridge ‘mitigation’ adds trees but cuts open space for shorebirds

Shoveler’s Pond, in the former landfill area of Lake Washington’s Union Bay, is overgrown, which makes it less attractive to shorebirds. A killdeer, below right, rests at the pond's edge. Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Bird fanciers along Lake Washington say the Highway 520 project will force out the area’s tiny migrating shorebirds, by planting trees as environmental “mitigation” — providing hiding places for predators.

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