Count Provides Long-Term Data on Birds

December 15, 2014 12:13 AM

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And on Dec. 20, perhaps as many as 60 local birdwatchers will repeat the search in the Lakeland-Winter Haven area for the 50th time since Dec, 26, 1965, when 12 local birdwatchers launched the county's first Christmas bird count.

The results go into a database compiled by National Audubon Society that helps scientists track bird population trends as well as other factors, such as the effects of climate change, that influence where birds spend the winter. Nationally, this is Audubon's 115th count, and it will be conducted in ...

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