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Christmas Bird Counts begin around the state on Saturday

Birders across Oklahoma will begin to participate in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Counts next weekend.
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 8, 2012
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photo - White pelicans take flight at Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City on Monday. A flock of pelicans rest at the lake during their migration to the Gulf Coast. Pelicans are annually spotted by bird watchers during Oklahoma City's annual Christmas Bird Count. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN  Steve Gooch
White pelicans take flight at Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City on Monday. A flock of pelicans rest at the lake during their migration to the Gulf Coast. Pelicans are annually spotted by bird watchers during Oklahoma City's annual Christmas Bird Count. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN Steve Gooch

There are 16 sites in the state where Christmas Bird Counts are held each year, Howery said. Among them are the Red Slough in far southeastern Oklahoma, where 120 species of birds were documented on last year's count, the most in Oklahoma.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is holding its first Christmas Bird Count this year.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge also produce numerous sightings on annual Christmas Bird Counts.

“Over time, a sense of competition kind of builds,” Howery said. “You have competition between people within a Christmas Bird Count and competition between the different Christmas Bird Counts.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

To view a complete list of Christmas Bird Counts scheduled in Oklahoma and contact information for each, visit www.okbirds.org.

The first Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma will be held Saturday (Dec. 15) in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Spavinaw, Stillwater and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Christmas Bird Counts are scheduled through Jan. 5 at various locations around the state.

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