- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - Theodore Roosevelt National Park is inviting volunteers to participate in the annual nationwide Audubon Christmas bird count.

The count scheduled Sunday is in its 116th year and is the world’s longest-running citizen science event. Information gathered helps scientists learn more about how birds are faring throughout North America.

Birders should bring their own binoculars, field guides and warm clothing.

The area to be covered encompasses a 7 1/2-mile radius around Medora. More than 65 different species have been sighted during previous counts in the area, including many that can only be found during the winter.

Interested volunteers for the Medora Area Count should gather at 8 a.m. Sunday at the South Unit Visitor Center.

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