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Site turns bird data into real-time count

Posted: September 9, 2013 at 3:35 a.m.

On a warm morning recently on the shore of a small prairie lake outside Helena, Mont., Bob Martinka trained his spotting scope on a towering cottonwood tree heavy with blue heron nests. He counted a dozen of the tall, graceful birds. Then he pulled out his smartphone to type the number of birds and the species into an app that sent the information to researchers in New York.

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