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Superior holds annual bird count

A host of sparrows sit on a bush on East Fifth Street in Superior recently. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Join Superior’s second annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 21.

This is the 114th annual count, and tens of thousands of individuals participate across the USA. This citizen science survey provides vital information on bird populations.

If you can help out, head to Perkins at 8 a.m. for a brief meeting and route maps. You can choose to do your count in town or in the county. Bring binoculars and bird books for identification, and dress for the weather. Most of the birding is done from vehicles. The area covered includes the city, village and town of Superior, Oliver, South Range, Parkland and Oakland and includes birding hotspots such as Wisconsin Point and Superior Municipal Forest.

Superior joins 60 other Christmas Bird Counts going on this year in Wisconsin.

In 1900, Frank M. Chapman and 27 dedicated birders held the very first Christmas Bird Count. Those original 27 Christmas Bird counters tallied around 90 species that first year. By 2012, more than 50,000 people counted more than 200 species and 60 million birds.

If you cannot join us but have a back yard feeder that you would like to count, please contact raffetto@wisc.edu for instructions. These surveys are an important part of the Christmas Bird Count.

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