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By Conor Courtney
UW Newslab 

Massive population decline in Mill Creek, county

Christmas bird count confirms the number of bird species in Mill Creek have dropped over the past few decades


Last updated 3/6/2020 at 10:34am

Courtesy Conor Courney

Two Western Grebes swim near the Union Bay Natural Area at the University of Washington at dusk. According to the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, the number of birds and species in the Mill Creek area have dropped over the past few decades.

The nation's largest community science event confirmed in December that the continent-wide decline in bird populations due to climate change is impacting the Pacific Northwest.

Over 100 members of the Pilchuck Audubon Chapter participated in the Audubon Society's 120th annual Christmas Bird Count, counting the number of birds and species in a 15-mile diameter centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood.

The group counted the lowest number of species since 2010, and the lowest number of birds since 2011 according to Rick Taylor, the compiler of the Pilchuck Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count...

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