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This past weekend, Migratory Bird Center staff participated in a New Year's Bird Count for Kids held at Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Alicia King, USFWS

This event brought together over 100 families to learn about birds and experience the fun of birding. The cold temperatures did nothing to dampen the excitement of seeing bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, American kestrels and other birds that are at home in the parks and yards of our nation's capital.

Organized by science teacher Mike Mangiaracina, experts from the Migratory Bird Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, District Dept. of the Environment, National Park Service, Earth Conservation Corps, DC Audubon Society, and Great Birding Projects were there to share their passion for birds and to nurture the next generation of bird conservationists.

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