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By Dan Rudy 

Bird count crimped by weather, finds 45 species

 

January 12, 2017



Wrangell’s birders tallied up 45 different species last month during their annual holiday count.

Venturing out on December 17, 30 volunteers had planned to take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the 117th one held in the conservation organization’s history. Wrangell has been a long-time participant, with the 2016 count being the island’s 75th.

“We actually had more people participate than some larger places, like Juneau,” commented Bonnie Demerjian, an organizer for the local event. “At least, the intent was there.”

Ultimately, only 23 birders were able to...



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