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Non-Game Wildlife Biologist Pam Perry and Christmas Bird Counts

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From the Minnesota Christmas Bird Count from the MN Ornithological Union

Today Pam Perry was back with us - this time to talk Christmas Bird Counts. They are now through the beginning of January...You can check the map to find a bird count near you.

And additional information from their website:

The Minnesota Christmas Bird Count has a rich

history dating back to the 6th count in 1905.

Minneapolis and Red Wing were the locations of that first Minnesota

census. The Minneapolis count was conducted by the Kenwood Bird Club,

and recorded eight species, while the Red Wing Count - conducted by

Charles Borgen and Nels Phillips - recorded seven.

During the next 103 years, the Christmas Bird

Count has been conducted uninterrupted in the state

and has grown to include almost 70 census circles and involved more

than 28,000 participants. Each and every year greater than 1,000


canvas the state to conduct the survey. These participants have logged

nearly 77,000 total hours, traveling approximately 548,000 miles.

The Minnesota CBC has tallied over 8.5 million birds of 201 species.

As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.
Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.