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Willmar birders to conduct 52nd Audubon Christmas Bird Count

WILLMAR — Volunteers will be conducting the 52nd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday in the Willmar area.

Those interested in joining the count should meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Willmar Middle School, 209 Willmar Ave. S.E., in Randy Frederickson’s science class, Room 104. Use the east entrance.

Volunteers are welcome to join the count in the field or to count birds at home feeders.

As is the tradition, participants are welcome to drop by Dave and Ardys Lais’ home east of Sibley Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to enjoy a warm beverage and treat.

The counters will join at 5 p.m. in Bethany Hall of Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar to share their results and enjoy a supper.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the meal. For more information, contact Joel Halbritter 320- 235-6358 or 320-894-7751 or via email at jchalbritter@; or contact Joel Schmidt at: 320-599-8068, or at his email address of granja12430@