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CALIPATRIA, CA – JUNE 23: A brown pelican flies over the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, a major stop for birds on the Pacific Flyway, on June 23, 2006 near Calipatria, California. Californians are bracing for the possible arrival of the H5N1 bird flu to the West Coast later this summer in what could be the first sign of the deadly virus in the U.S. as North American and Asian birds mingle before their southward migration. Government officials plan to test 75,000 to 100,000 wild birds this year in Alaska and other spots along the Pacific flyway, and will test around 50,000 water and bird dropping samples from waterfowl habitats along the way, as Interior Secretary Gale Norton stated reportedly. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)