Bird-counting season in full flight
SPRINGFIELD (AP) – It’s Christmas Bird Count season, and nothing will keep dedicated birders from counting as many birds as they can in a single 24-hour period.
Not cold, snow, wind or rain – even horizontal rain – can put a damper on the Christmas count tradition that is more than a century old.
Ornithologist Frank Chapman, an officer in the then-new Audubon Society, started a yearly Christmas Bird Census beginning on Christmas Day 1900.
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