Audubon sets Christmas Bird Count

"Whidbey Audubon Society will conduct its 14th annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 16, when 15 teams will attempt to count all the birds in a 15-mile diameter circle centered at Arnold Road and Highway 20 and covering an area from the north side of Ault Field to south of Admirals Cove. Each team is assigned an area varying in size according to the terrain to be covered, and is led by an experienced birder.This year marks the 101st Christmas Bird Count. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Counts involve more than 50,000 participants in about 1,700 counts in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. Count results constitute the largest and longest term data bank of information on trends in bird populations. Each year's count results are published in a special edition of American Birds magazine and are also available on line.The Whidbey Island count will be held rain or shine. Anyone is invited to participate. Adequate outdoor clothing is required, and binoculars would be helpful. To sign up call Bob Merrick at 360-678-3161 as soon as possible. "

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