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Prior to 1900, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt" in which they would choose sides and go afield with their guns to shoot as many feathered and furred animals as they could because whoever brought in the biggest pile won. Beginning on December 25, 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition called "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them. Today we know this tradition as the annual (fill in the “blank”) Christmas Bird “blank”.

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