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Bird enthusiasts begin annual Audubon Christmas bird count

By Kelley Bouchard
Kennebec Journal

Today through Jan. 5, bird enthusiasts across North America and beyond will participate in the National Audubon Society's 112th annual Christmas bird count.

Today through Jan. 5, bird enthusiasts across North America and beyond will participate in the National Audubon Society's 112th annual Christmas bird count.

Considered the world's longest-running citizen science survey, last year's count involved 62,624 volunteers who spotted more than 61 million birds throughout the United States, Canada and some of Latin America and the Pacific Islands, according to the society.

In Maine, the one-day counts will start Saturday, when teams of avid birders from Greater Portland to Old Town to Jonesport will fan out across designated study "circles" that each measure 15 miles in diameter or 177 square miles. There are 28 study circles in the state, each encompassing a variety of woods, fields, rivers, beaches and backyards.

"We spend all day in the woods," said Marie Jordan, 73, a retired teacher who lives in South Portland. "It's a fun day in the field, contributing to citizen science. It's also a challenge, year to year, to see what you'll find."

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