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Take the 'Bird a Day' Challenge in 2012

Take the 'Bird a Day' Challenge in 2012

Rosana Prada /CC BY 2.0 Birdwatchers in Quebec. Plenty of people wake up on January 1 vowing to hit the gym , quit smoking , or get out of debt . But a select few have set a more unusual, and perhaps even more challenging goal for themselves: to spot a new species of bird every day of the new year. The "Bird a Day" challenge was invented by Massachusetts birdwatcher Tom Wetmore , according the northern New Jersey newspaper The Record . Birders around the country now compete (though the only "prize" is bragging rights) to see how long they can keep their spotting streaks going. Understanding Bird Migrations And Habits Though winning takes dogged persistence and not a small bit of luck, even a short stint tackling the challenge pushes nature-lovers to explore new terrain, learn more about birds, and look more closely at what's around them -- worthy pursuits all on their own....

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