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Wyoming Volunteers Bundle Up for Bird Census

December 14, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The annual Christmas Bird Count gets under way today in Wyoming, with folks headed out to about 20 locations statewide to chart species.

The data collected over the years has shown how climate change and land-use affect bird populations, says Brian Rutledge, director of Audubon Wyoming, adding that there are disruptions to note in Wyoming.

"We've seen declines of rather significant proportions in what we would otherwise consider common birds. The eastern meadowlark is off over 40 percent."

Rutledge says the information is compiled worldwide, and while the focus is on birds, there is an understanding that changes relate to all species - and to people.

"Birds are a very dependable resource to tell us how we're doing - for all the denizens of that habitat."

The first count kicks off today near Riverton. Other trips are scheduled throughout the next three weeks, and Rutledge says more volunteers are needed. Beginners and expert birders are invited to attend the counts.

Details on bird count outings in Wyoming are online at

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY