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Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count canceled; Ocracoke count shifts to Saturday

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no boat transport for the Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count.

As a result, the count, scheduled for Dec. 30, is canceled.

As part of a ripple effect, the Ocracoke Christmas Bird Count will be shifted from Sunday to Saturday, Dec. 30. The weather forecast for Sunday calls for high winds and borderline freezing temperatures.

Peregrine Falcon on Portsmouth Island. Photo by P. Vankevich

The traditional vegetarian chili/key lime pie tally rally will take place on early Sunday evening.

For further information and possible participation, contact the compiler Peter Vankevich cell/text 202 468-2871, messaging on Facebook or email:  petevankevich@gmail.com

The Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count, began in 1988. It is one of the most isolated bird counts in the state, requiring a private boat ride from Ocracoke.

The Ocracoke count began in 1981.

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