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Whitinsville Christian pupils help count birds.

NORTHBRIDGE - Students in the Whitinsville Christian School aftercare program, along with a kindergarten and a second grade class, took part in the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 15-18, led by the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society.

Metacomet Land Trust of Franklin donated three bird feeders and birdseed, enabling the students to take part in the event. The bird count is a citizen scientist project in which people all over the world take note of the number of birds that come to their feeders on set days and submit the data to scientists at the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the Audubon Society.

The scientists use the data to get an understanding of how well bird populations are doing. The feeders were filled and hung in visible locations, and activities were made available that helped the students become more familiar with the birds who might be coming to the feeders.

Whitinsville Christian School is a private academic institution with 534 students currently enrolled in grades pre-K-12. Established in 1928, WCS is the oldest fully accredited Christian school in New England, drawing students from 42 communities.



CUTLINE: From left, Alexis Edwards, Kate Crowley, and Jocelyn Hackathorn fill a bird feeder.
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Date:Feb 22, 2013
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