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canadian goose jacket Geoff LeBaron is the director of the Christmas Bird Count. He joins us on SCIENCE FRIDAY every year to talk about the results of last year’s bird count. Plus he’s been on three bird counts in Central Massachusetts so far this year alone, and he’s going to tell us what he’s seen in this surprisingly warm weather.

Geoff joins canada goose store us today by phone from Canada Goose online his home canada goose coats in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Welcome back to SCIENCE FRIDAY, Geoff.

Mr. GEOFF LEBARON (Director, Christmas Bird Count): Thank you https://www.canadagooseoutletmall.com very much, Ira. It’s a pleasure to be here again.

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FLATOW: Before we start talking to both of you, I’m going to give our listeners a chance to spot a bird over the radio. You don’t have to look at your radio. You can just listen to your radio.

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FLATOW: Even I know that one because I’ve seen them outside in my bird feeder. And actually they live they actually take the seeds off the ground, not from the feeder themselves.

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FLATOW: That’s the bad news. You just get to tell us on the radio what you think those birds are.

canada goose Let me turn to my guests. Geoff, how can you give us a thumbnail sketch on how the count is going this year?

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canada goose black friday sale Mr. LEBARON: So it’s not your typical kind of brutal, windy Christmas Count season that we expect up here. It

canada goose deals FLATOW: No, go ahead finish because I was just going to ask what effect does warm weather have on the normal existence of the birds?

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