Citizen scientists prepare for annual holiday bird count 

December 10, 2014 10:41 PM

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Whether counting chickadees at home or journeying into conservation lands in search of an endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, dozens of people in the Cape Fear region will join tens of thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere for the 115th year of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

The 15-mile bird count circle centered in Monkey Junction is one of few groups in the country to report more than 150 species each year, said Wilmington circle compiler Sam Cooper. For more than 10 years, Cooper has organized between 25 and 45 volunteers into small parties, each covering a specific ...

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