The 2016 annual bird count on December 17, 2016 is one to remember! Birds were observed and counted as usual despite the horrible weather conditions. Our intrepis 13 teams of citizen scientists suffered winds of 40 mph with gusts of 60 mph, dust and sand clouds including bouts of rain on and off during the day. Meanwhile, the birds were smart enough to “hunker down” in bushes and trees. The local teams counted a total of 19,959 birds, a third less than last year’s 33,770.