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Annual bird count at Cheyenne Bottoms finds more species than usual

January 5, 2011

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— An annual bird count found that more species than usual stopped at the Cheyenne Bottoms wildlife on central Kansas this winter.

The National Audubon Society bird count conducted in December found 95 species of birds at the wildlife area.

Robert Penner, a manager at the wetlands for The Nature Conservancy, says the mild winter likely brought more birds to the area.

Among the species seen was the long tailed duck, which is more common to the arctic and northern U.S., the orange crowned warbler and the black crowned night heron.

Penner told The Great Bend Tribune that the information from the count will go into a database that biologists use to look at trends and study long-term health of bird populations.

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