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The North American Migration Count is held the 2nd Saturday in May each
year. The migration count day corresponds with "International Migratory Bird
Day". This count coincides with the peak movement of neotropical migrants
(birds that breed in North America, but winter down south) across most of
the U.S. This day gives every birdwatcher the opportunity to enjoy a day of
birding during spring migration knowing that the results of their findings,
together with others’ results, will fit together like pieces of a puzzle to
reveal the status of spring migration. Birdwatchers can start watching at
midnight and continue for the next 24 hours. During night birding, birds are
identified by call. Observers visit a variety of habitats within their
county and report all species seen and heard, residents and migrants.
Observers keep track of time spent and miles covered, either by car or on
foot. There is a county compiler who submits their data to the state
compiler. The state compilers then send the counts to the national
compilers. Birders of all skill levels may help. This is a good learning
opportunity for beginners, who can record data and glean identification tips
from more experienced birders while doing so. To participate in this year’s
count contact Linda Frederick, (573) 368-3504, or email
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Lorraine McFarland
Communications Chair
Ozark Rivers Audubon
Rolla, Missouri

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