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Christmas Bird Counts for Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands set

A Tri-colored Heron. Photo by Peter Vankevich

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Note: The dates for the bird counts have been changed from original posting: They will be Monday, Dec. 30 , for Ocracoke and Tuesday, Dec. 31, for Portsmouth.

By Peter Vankevich

At the end of each year, Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands are among the thousands of areas that participate in the nationwide Christmas Bird Counts that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5.

The dates will be Monday, Dec. 30 , for Ocracoke and Tuesday, Dec. 31, for Portsmouth.

The resulting data becomes part of the longest wildlife census in the nation and can help track whether certain species are decreasing or increasing.

The first Ocracoke count was in 1981 and Portsmouth in 1988. Last year, 82 species were reported on Ocracoke and 59 were tallied on Portsmouth.

To participate in these two counts, contact Peter Vankevich, text/cell: 202 468-2871, or email: petevankevich@gmail.com.

To read about previous counts on Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands, click here and here.