- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than 72,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations are expected to participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

Now in its 116th year, the bird count is the world’s longest-running citizen science survey. Scientists use the data to better understand how birds and the environment are faring and what needs to be done to protect them.

Birders who want to join a count circle in New York state can sign up at the New York State Ornithological Association website (https://nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm ).

The count runs from Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

Last year’s count documented snowy owl numbers in above-average numbers for the fourth consecutive year. On a less positive note, northern bobwhite, American kestrels and loggerhead shrikes continued to decline in most regions.

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