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May 13, 2015

Half of world's species seen in 24 hours

    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) female                                                    Photo by BarrytheBirder
Global Big Day tallies 5,700 species
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology announced on Tuesday, May 12, that participants in more than 110 countries have just tallied more than 5,400 bird species in one 24-hour period (May 9).   The number is more than half the known bird species in the world. The numbers exceeded all expectations and numbers are still going up as lists will be received until end of day, today.   Cornell's 'Big Day' has raised funds for decades to advance bird conservation and research.   $300,000 of the $1/2 million goal has already been raised by donors.   Interested donors should visit
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