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By Max Erikson

Annual bird count unites watchers across the Americas


November 29, 2017

Audubon Christmas Bird Count Website

WINDOW ON WINGED CREATURES: This year's annual Lyle Bird Count will join participants in the international event from Canada to South America

The 21st annual Lyle Bird Count is Dec. 17, and local bird watching enthusiasts can participate in this international event that stretches from South America to Canada.

Bob Hansen has been leading the Lyle Bird Count for the past 20 years and acts as the count organizer or compiler for the event. He says the information collected by bird watchers is entered into a data base and is used by research scientists to track bird populations.

"All counts last 24 hours, and take place within a 15 mile diameter circle," Hansen says. "In our case, from approximately Horsethief Lake to Mosier."

The Lyle Bird Count is part of the larger international Christmas Bird Count-now in its 118th year-running...

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