Mad Island Christmas Bird Count goes for 9 Monday

   The 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count kicks off in North America from Canada to Mexico Dec. 14 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and lasts until Jan. 5 2016.
   That makes it Matagorda County’s 22nd Annual Mad Island Marsh Bird Count since its inception in 1993.
   Matagorda County took first place in the count last year with 234 different bird species making this the eighth year in a row.
   The most ever recorded in the county were 250 different species in 2005.
   A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brown Booby and two Black Terns in Matagorda County were among others as the headliners for the state last year.
   That included six new species were reported and five of those were only found in Texas.

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