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Christmas Bird Count has 120-year history
Christmas Bird Count has 120-year history

Dec. 12, 2019 - Nestled in front of a warm, cozy fire is not the be-all and end-all for millions of birders who relish being out in the cold to watch - and count - their fine-feathered friends. Now in its 120th year, the National Audubon Society is hosting its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Counting begins Saturday!

Word of the Day
relish: verb;enjoy, look forward to; can also be a noun; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of December 09

astrophysics: noun; the study of physics in space, a combination of astronomy and physics;
NASA announces first findings of Parker Solar Probe

auction: noun; an event during which an item is offered for sale to the highest bidder;
Inaugural copy of Marvel Comics sells for $1.26 million

glaciologists: noun; people who study and become experts about glaciers;
Expedition searching for Endurance shipwreck

wreckage: noun; something, such as a ship, that has been destroyed and rendered inoperable;
Crew says finding sunken ships is 'humbling'

Today In History

December 14

1911: Roald Amundsen and four companions discovered the South Pole as the first team to reach the elusive spot. All five men and 12 of their 52 sled dogs returned safely to their base camp. The next team to reach the South Pole was also a team of five men led by Captain Robert Scott but they all perished on the return trip after reaching the South Pole on Jan. 17, 1912. Their frozen bodies were found eight months later.

1897:
Margaret Chase Smith, first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress (1941 to the House and 1949 to the Senate), was born in Skowhegan, Maine.

1896: James "Jimmy" Doolittle, U.S. Army pilot and aerospace engineer who led his "Doolittle's Raiders" in air raids on Tokyo in 1942 during World War II, was born.

1799:
After a brief illness, George Washington, the first President of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia. 

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