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Updated: 12/27/2016 08:06:01AM

Volunteers sought for bird count in Lake Placid, Avon Park

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The Everglade snail kite is a key ecological indicator for the health of the Greater Everglades. Volunteers are being sought for the local Christmas bird count.

By GARY PINNELL

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SEBRING — Turkeys may cross the road, owls may hoot, and rare birds may be spotted.

The Christmas bird count will actually come closer to New Year’s, but it is the longest-running continuous survey in America. “We’ll go out before daylight,” said Roberta Lake. “On Placid Lake, we’ll see the great white egrets, and snake bird that swims though the water to catch their fish. You have to be able to tell the anhinga from the cormorant.”

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