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Christmas Bird Count takes flight Dec. 31 in metro area

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In Portland last year, 354 counters reported over 50,000 individual birds comprising 115 different species.


In a time of shrinking wildlife habitats and declining species, people can do one more thing to help the planet in 2016 by taking part in the 91st Portland Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 31.

PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Dan Strong, right, uses his binoculars to track birds on a lake near a mobile home community in Milwaukie, while Ron Myers enters the count on his tally sheet. The count, referred to as the CBC, is a national activity bringing together bird lovers to gather data about the status and changes in bird populations in North America.

The website of the Portland Audubon Society, which sponsors the metro area CBC, notes that the information gathered during the count is sent to the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University, where over the years CBC records have been used to study changes in bird populations and wintering ranges.

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"CBC's are a great opportunity to spend the entire day with fellow birdwatchers, focused on counting and identifying birds in a very small area," said Gladstone resident Dan Strong, the leader of the group that covers Southeast Portland and Clackamas County.



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