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Volunteers needed to help in annual Christmas Bird Count at Cheyenne Bottoms

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 10:29 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 5:57 p.m.

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Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Bird Count at Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend.

The count begins Saturday and goes through the first week of January.

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition across the nation. In Kansas, there are more than 40 counts held across the state.

This year, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and the Nature Conservancy are asking for help. The Bottoms are an important migratory stopover for thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl. Each winter, more than 148 species of birds have been recorded wintering in the area. Volunteers are asked to help count the numbers of types of birds on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like to help, pre-registration is suggested by calling the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 877-243-9268. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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