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By Dan Rudy 

Birders observe species for annual Christmas count

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Martin Hutten and David Rak consult with Peter Branson in Chichagof Pass during the Audubon 2015 Christmas Bird Count last Saturday. Three boats were deployed by volunteers during the day-long count, though rough weather hampered attempts to tally birds on the Back Channel side.

Around 20 local bird enthusiasts participated in this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the 75th in Alaska and 116th held nationwide since 1900.

Communities select a day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 to conduct a count, taking 24 hours to record as many birds as possible within a 15-mile diameter circle. The data collected then can be compared between years and across borders. Christmas counts occur in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, several Latin American countries and several islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

"We did a good job covering the area that we were assigned," explaine...



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