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Birding by the Numbers: the Great Backyard Bird Count

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle 15 Years of Counting: Dark-Eyed Junco is Washington’s Top Bird The four-day long Great Backyard Bird Count — one of the nation’s most popular citizen science projects — has ended. Checklists have been submitted; the species have been counted, categorized and tabulated. What’s the word on the bird? The Dark-eyed Junco is still number one in Lewis County and in Washington State, a title the little snowbird has held for all 15 years of the GBBC. The Dark-eyed Junco…

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Under the Open Sky: Rain Plus Wind Equals Trouble

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle There isn’t much in my fishing report this week because there isn’t much to report. It’s as simple as that. Those that are finding success in the rivers and lakes are having to work hard, long hours and fight wind and rain and chill in order to bring home something — anything — for supper. You may have heard about the angler from Bonney Lake who, while fishing beneath the clay banks downriver from the Blue Creek boat launch…

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Join Citizen Scientists in Creating a Real-Time Snapshot of Birds in Winter

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle The 2012 GBBC will take place Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages and skill levels in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each…

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Spring Has Begun to Spring

Tomorrow the Great Backyard Bird Count kicks off with four days of birders scouring their backyards, local parks and refuges for all things with feathered wings. I’m looking forward to this year’s count and I’m hoping that others across Lewis County are getting ready to count with me. This is an unusual year at my house. I’m seeing more Mourning Doves than ever before, have spotted a covey of California Quail (seven male, three females) in the bushes and have a large-ish flock of Evening…

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