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Volunteers needed for Christmas bird count

Participants around the world are gearing up for the 116th annual Christmas Bird Count.

Area residents are invited to participate in the local count on Jan. 2. Participants meet at Perkins on East Second Street in Superior at 8 a.m. for coffee, rolls and to organize groups. The bird identification and counting will be done by car and those who consider themselves beginners are paired up with experienced birders.

Last year participants saw some great birds, including a snowy owl.

This is the longest running citizen science project in the world, tens of thousands of people participate. The Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on bird health and population trends.

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird book if they have one. Even though people will be car birding, they should dress warmly.

Confirm your participation to

If you cannot participate but have a winter feeder out for birds, send your address to Residents can also spend 15 minutes or more watching their feeder and send in the information.