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Photo by Bill Thompson, III

Christmas Bird Counting

A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding conservation action.
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Allen's Hummingbird (Photo: Creative Commons)

Hummingbird Facts You Might Not Know

For many people, one of the most highly anticipated events of spring is the arrival of the first hummingbird. Millions of Americans offer sugar water in feeders to get closer looks at these flying jewels, and to enjoy their antics. Hummingbirds range in size from the two-inch-long bee hummingbird of Cuba to the giant hummingbird, a cardinal-sized resident of the Andes. They come in varying shades of vivid color, their fiery feathers flashing in the light as they fly in every imaginable direction. Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures, but how well do you know them? Test your knowledge with our quiz.
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