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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: The Christmas Bird Count

A black-capped chickadee on a thin, snow-covered branch
Geoff Sale [via Flickr]

The Christmas Bird Count has been happening in Duluth for over eighty years. The annual event is just as the title suggests; people go out at Christmas time to count birds. As simple as that sounds, the details of the history, as well as the collected data, tells a bigger story.

Nationally, the Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 as a response to the tradition of shooting birds. "People kind of got fed up with that, noticing local decline in birds," says Clinton Dexter-Neinhaus, organizer of the Duluth Christmas Bird Count.

Now that the guns are holstered, the Bird Count is a recreational activity for expert birders and novices alike that yields data that can be used for various reports and research. "It's become this big citizen-science effort," says Dexter-Neinhaus. "Data gets used in many facets."

For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, visit the Audobon website. You can also see a presentation by Clinton Dexter-Neinhaus online. If you're interested in getting involved with the local Bird Count, contact Clinton directly. "I can always use more feeder watchers."

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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