In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, bird counters ride through wetlands 

In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, bird counters ride through wetlands during an annual 24-hour Christmastime ritual to count birds along the Texas Gulf Coast in Mad Island, Texas. The data collected, with the help of more than 50 other volunteers spread out into six groups across the 7,000-acre Mad Island preserve, will be regionally and nationally analyzed, landing in a broad database that includes results from hundreds of other bird counts going on nationally during a two week period. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, bird counters ride through wetlands during an annual 24-hour Christmastime ritual to count birds along the Texas Gulf Coast in Mad Island, Texas. The data collected, with the help of more than 50 other volunteers spread out into six groups across the 7,000-acre Mad Island preserve, will be regionally and nationally analyzed, landing in a broad database that includes results from hundreds of other bird counts going on nationally during a two week period. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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