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Christmas bird count 2013: Signup and count birds in your area or backyard

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The Christmas bird count, a Christmas tradition that started in 1900, is still going strong today. The traditional date for the Christmas bird count is Dec. 21 and everywhere around the country, volunteers go to designated areas and count the birds, according to Omaha.com on Dec. 14. This year marks the 114th Christmas bird count.

According to Audubon, while the traditional date is Dec. 21, the bird count starts on Dec. 14 and goes until Jan. 5, but your count will occur on just one date in between those dates. This is free to join, but there is a strategy to learn when counting birds, so you have to sign up in advance to participate in the Christmas bird count.

Beginners are allowed to join a group with at least one experienced birder. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle. This is organized by a count compiler. If you click onto the map link below, you will be amazed at how many areas near you are designated areas for counting birds, maybe even your own backyard.

If your home is in one of these designated circles, you can stay at home and count the birds that visit your feeder as long as previous arrangements have been made with your count compiler.

To find a count near you contact the Christmas Bird Count here.

View the circle locations that have been created on a map here.

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