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Birders to participate in hemisphere-wide survey

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This coming week marks the 107th time that birders will take part in what has become a hemisphere-wide bird survey.

Known nationally as the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, or CBC, this event saw its start in 1900 as conservation was just beginning.

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'Side Hunts' were a common holiday tradition then. Hunters would choose sides, go off into the fields and shoot everything they could carry home to see who had the biggest pile of fur and feathers.

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