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    Winhall Christmas Bird Count scheduled for this weekend

    NewsBird NewsThursday 15 December 2011
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    Bird enthusiasts are gearing up for Audubon’s 112th annual Christmas Bird Count, to be held Saturday from early morning until dusk.
     
    The Christmas Bird Count began more than a century ago. In 1900, scientist Frank Chapman proposed a bird census to act as an alternative to the traditional hunt. Those taking part in the census aimed to identify, count and record all the birds they could find, ultimately founding what is considered today to be "the world’s most significant citizen-based conservation effort," according to the Audubon Society.
     
    The Winhall 15 mile radius count circle is centered in town, north of Gale Meadows. The western boundary is at Manchester Depot; to the north, just south of Weston Village; the eastern edge near Windham Village; and the southern boarder goes almost to Jamaica, encompassing the villages of Peru, Londonderry, South Londonderry, Bondville and Rawsonville as well as Stratton, Bromley and Magic Ski areas.
     
    Organizers say that many counters are needed to cover the area, but particularly important are counts from people living within the radius who are feeding the birds.
     
    "Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation," Ruth Stewart, the co-ordinator of the Winhall count, said. "Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running
     
    wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations -- and to help guide conservation action."
    For more information, or to volunteer to help with the Winhall count visit Audubon’s website: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-co

    Source: Brattleboro Reformer

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