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LSU flying high with bird competition win

2 years 3 months 5 days ago October 16, 2014 Oct 16, 2014 Thursday, October 16 2014 October 16, 2014 7:30 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- A team of bird enthusiast from LSU broke the world's Big Day Record by identifying 351 bird species in 24 hours.

The group has been training for weeks for the adventure that took them to northern Peru where the group identified a record-setting number of birds in a competition. LSU Museum of Natural Science Ph.D. students Michael Harvey and Glenn Seeholzer, Museum Research Associate Dan Lane and Peru native Fernando Angula participated in the event that began Tuesday at midnight and ended Tuesday at 9:45 p.m.

"There's no place else in the world you can go to see as many species as you can in Peru, Bolivia or Brazil," Seeholzer said in an interview with WBRZ before the team departed.

The team broke a record set by others from LSU. It was held by renowned LSU ornithologist Ted Parker and then-graduate student Scott Robinson who identified 331 species.
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