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Annual Christmas bird count to be Dec. 18

WILLMAR -- Volunteers are welcome to join the fun as Willmar area birders take part in the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.

This year's count will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Volunteers should meet in Randy Frederickson's classroom, room #104 in the Willmar Middle School prior to 7:30 a.m. Data sheets, assignments and last minute instructions and carpooling plans will be provided at this time.

Volunteers will gather at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar for a 5 p.m. supper. A free will offering will be taken to defray the meal's cost.

The dinner is an opportunity for fellowship and a chance to visit abut the day's sightings. The data collected during the day will be tabulated at this time.

Participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

Those unable to participate outdoors but willing to keep count at their bird feeders are welcome as well.

For more information, contact coordinators Joel Halbritter at 320-235-6358 or or Joel Schmidt at 320-599-8068 or

Volunteers in the Willmar area have participated in the Christmas bird count since 1962. The data helps provide an annual snapshot of bird numbers and species diversity and over time offers valuable information on changes in bird populations.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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