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I recently spent a morning near Idaho City counting birds for a population monitoring program called Climate Watch. I do this every year in January. The temperature was 19 degrees, and although Mores Creek was flowing, much of it was more like a slushy bordered by small glaciers.

I wrote at length about climate change issues in three consecutive columns, beginning on Aug. 25, 2022, so I won’t repeat those details here. My purpose today is to explain just one example of how we are monitoring climate change and how citizen scientists can and do contribute.

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