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Locals to take part in 118th Audubon bird count
November 16, 2017
Local bird lovers will be getting together for an early breakfast on Thursday, December 28, and then scatter to all corners of the county to take part in the 118th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt."

They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered and furred quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations.

Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

Local birders will gather at the Badger's Den, S6551 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, right when they open at 6 a.m. for a no-host breakfast and to get everyone organized, and then, after a day of counting Boundary County birds, will meet in the back room at the Chic-N-Chop, S6421 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, at 3:30 p.m. for hot cocoa and the end of the day tally.

Everyone interested in taking part is welcome! To sign up or to find out more, call or text Roger at (208) 818-0139, or email

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