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November 12, 2023: Webinar, Ontario Cam, FeederWatchers on USA Today Website, and Counting Reminders
October 26, 2023: Season Starts Nov. 1, Webinar, and Project Updates
August 23, 2023: Report Mammals and More, and Volunteers Sought for Foraging Study
May 17, 2023: Classroom Funding, Story Contest Winners, and End-of-season News Note
April 5, 2023: Spring reminders
March 1, 2023: Nearby Nature Associated with Well-Being, Latest Story Contest Winner, and Reminder About Bears
February 8, 2023: Count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count next weekend, Feb 17-20
January 18, 2023: Counting Reminders and New FeederWatcher Story Winner
December 21, 2022: Winter Bird Highlights 2022, FeederWatcher Story Contest, Finch ID Quiz, and more
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