Nature: Polyandry Mr. Mom

Spotted sandpipers practice a mating system known as polyandry, where the female raises more than one clutch with different mates and the male is in charge of incubation and broodrearing. Terry Thomas is a wildlife biologist with 28 years of experience. Opinions expressed are his own. “The Best of Nature,” a collection of more than 100 of Thomas’s best nature essays is now available. Pick up your copy at the Post Register or order one through his website,

There is one fight for mating dominance I would like to witness. By all accounts, it is a bloody, eye-gouging, biting, leg-busting, winner-take-all fight.

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