- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Birdwatchers in Florida are keeping careful track of all their sightings to contribute to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

The Christmas Bird Count started in 1900 with 27 people in 25 locations and has grown into a national effort involving thousands of birdwatchers.

The annual count takes place over several weeks at the end of each year. Bird-watching clubs and other advocacy organizations each take on a specific 15-mile area for a 24-hour period and keep track of the number of birds and the species of birds they observe.

The count helps researchers monitor bird populations.

The News-Press reports (https://newspr.es/1AyOLPm ) that eight birdwatchers exploring the Harns Marsh preserve near Fort Myers on Sunday added 108 bird species and over 11,000 individual birds to the Audubon count.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, https://www.news-press.com

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