Interior Alaskans gather for annual count of local birds

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks doesn't have a wide variety of bird species this time of year, but that didn't deter more than 100 Interior Alaska bird watchers from bundling up and heading out for the 48th Annual Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count on Saturday.

From South Fairbanks to the Goldstream Valley and Ester to Creamer's Refuge, volunteers spread out to identify and count as many birds as possible. The Fairbanks count - others took place across the state - covers nine regions that encompassed a 177 square mile circle centered on the city.

Biologist Philip Martin served as the count coordinator for the Ester region. He used a combination of driving and walking to find birds.

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