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Mitchell to host its first Audubon Christmas bird count since 1967

The 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which takes place between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, will have counting circles in both Lake Andes and Mitchell this year.

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The Lake Andes count will be Friday, Dec. 20, and the Mitchell Christmas Bird Count will be Friday, Dec. 27.

The contact for Lake Andes birders is Mick Hanan, 487-7603, and for Mitchell is Jeff Hansen, at

Participants will seek out and count birds in more than 2,300 count circles across the continent. They can count in the field or around bird feeders.

The count helps measure bird population trends.

This is the first year Mitchell has hosted a count since 1967.

Source: Audubon Christmas Bird Count