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Morning photo: Birds!

Great Backyard Bird count starts today

Mountain Chickadee. PHOTO COURTESY MIA MCPHERSON. Click on the image for more.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Since the Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and continues through the weekend, we’re posting a few photos of our fine-feathered friends. Birds are under pressure from habitat loss and climate change, with scores of species listed as threatened or endangered on the IUCN Red List. The annual backyard count helps provide a picture of species distribution and abundance in late winter, just before the big migrations begin for many species. More information on the count is online here.

And special thanks to Mia McPherson for providing some of the images for this post. Follow her On the Wing blog for frequent updates or visit her website and online gallery of birds and other nature shots. Continue reading

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Biodiversity: Great Backyard Bird Count starts today

Four-day tally helps provide continental snapshot of bird populations

The American kestrel is the American Birding Association's bird of the year and is declining in some parts of the country. PHOTO COURTESY @MiaMPhotography. Click on the image for more bird photos.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 17-20) is going high tech this year, with interactive online maps and graphs updating results of the national event every hour.

The annual count helps create a real-time snapshots of where various bird species are across the continent. Follow the #GBBC hashtag or @audubonsociety on Twitter for more updates.

“The GBBC is a fun and easy event to experience birding while providing valuable information on birds at both the local level and in a manner that contributes to a national picture,” said Robert Skorkowsky, avian program coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Continue reading

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