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Mathews/Ware Neck Bird Count Sunday

The Mathews/Ware Neck Audubon Bird Count will be held Sunday. Precautions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said coordinator Joyce McKelvey.

From before dawn until dusk, birders will enumerate all the species they see within a circle with a 15-mile diameter.

The Mathews count, which takes in a small area in Ware Neck, was established in 1969 by the late Mary Pulley. It is part of the 121st annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

McKelvey said there will be no in-person compilation of returns this year. Instead, participants are asked to pick up and drop off their tally sheets at the Mathews Visitor and Information Center porch on Main Street.

She recommends that birders avoid carpooling to locations, and hopes people will make counts from their own property.

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