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SPOTLIGHT: Birds head out for Christmas Bird Count

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's Christmas Bird Count season, and nothing will keep dedicated birders from counting as many birds as they can in a single 24-hour period. Not cold, snow, wind or rain — even horizontal rain — can put a damper on the Christmas count tradition that is more than a century old. Ornithologist Frank Chapman, an officer in the then-new Audubon Society, started a yearly...

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