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Everglades National Park Seeking "Citizen Scientists" For Bird Count

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How’d you like to become a citizen scientist and help conservation efforts in the Everglades?

Every other Saturday from Jan. 3, 2015 until late March, Everglades National Park will host its Big Day Birding Adventure.

Novice and experienced birders alike will be asked to spend the day counting birds within the varied habitats of the park -- from freshwater marsh to mangrove swamp.

Park officials say bird count data helps scientists and wildlife managers make informed decisions about conservation efforts. In previous years, about 60 species of birds have been spotted in the park. They include the roseate spoonbill and vibrantly colored purple gallinule.

Anyone who wants to go should pack a lunch along with water, sunscreen and something that’s an absolute must in the Everglades: mosquito repellent.