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Statewide Bird Count Underway Saturday

Statewide Bird Count Underway Saturday

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The state’s spring bird count will take place Saturday.

The count is part of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, with hundreds of bird watchers out around the state trying to identify as many bird species as they can find.

Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says this is one of the best times of year for bird watchers.

“Everyone looks forward to spring migration because when the birds come through, they’re all in the breeding plumes, so they’re at their most brightly colored. They’re a little bit easier to identify,” Young said.

But the count also has a practical purpose.“It’s an interesting event because it gives everyone a chance to sort of assess how the birds are doing, how many are there, what’s the diversity of species are like,” Young said.

Last year, the count identified a record 275 species around the state.

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