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In Bird Count, sumptuously illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, a child becomes a citizen scientist for a day in her town’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Ava is excited when Big Al, the leader of their count team, asks her to record the tally this year. Using her most important tools—her eyes and ears—she eagerly identifies and counts the birds they observe on their assigned route around the town. Carefully Ava and her team follow the rues of the count, then she records the numbers on their tally sheet. At the end of the day, they meet up with the other teams in the area for a Christmas Bird Count party, where they combine their totals and share stories about their observations. Back matter includes more information about the birds Ava’s team records and about the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count!

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Artwork ©2019 by Stephanie Fizer Coleman from Bird Count