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ASK OTUS Our local chapter, the Sarasota Audubon Society, will conduct its CBC survey on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, and I would like to tell you about the Siesta Key count because, truthfully, it is the only one I am familiar with. CONSIDER A HOLIDAY OUTING What is the purpose of the CBC? ���Audubon THAT IS TRULY ���FOR THE BIRDS��� and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess The holiday season is upon us and I am de- the health of bird populations ��� and to help lighted to announce that ���Christmas is for the guide conservation action.��� That is good EnBirds.��� Literally! glish for ���your health may depend on that of your birds.��� From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, thousands upon thousands of volunteers throughout the U.S. Let us say you wake up one morning and realwill rise before dawn and brave the weather ize that for weeks you have not seen or heard (while missing out on lots of NFL games) to your permanent Osprey nesting pair and their join in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird offspring. For years your family enjoyed visitCount (CBC), or ���game,��� as I happily term it. ing the nest and taking photos of the babies. Dear Readers, Can you identify this bird? If you are quite gifted in playing this ���name game,��� you should consider participating in Audubon���s Christmas Bird Count. File photos

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