Ney Nature Center is joining in on a Minnesota tradition that began in the early 1800's.
The nature center organized a Christmas Bird Count Saturday to gather data on area bird sightings.

Volunteers tracked the number of species seen within a 7.5 mile radius of the nature center, simply from hiking trails or observing bird feeds in their own backyard.
"It helps with phenology records, just seeing what kind of birds are here, how long they stay here and if they're leaving early. It's really nice to compare them from year to year. Already this year, we've had fewer eagles than we had last year," said Ney Nature Center Programs Coordinator Michelle Isaacson.
Last year, 44 different species were accounted for, with the house sparrow being the most common sighting.
For more information on this year's results, click here.

--KEYC News 12