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BATON ROUGE - A team from LSU is hoping to break the record for the number of birds they can identify in one day.

The group has been practicing their technique for years, sometimes around Baton Rouge.  Glenn Seeholzer and Mike Harvey are LSU graduate students headed to Peru to take part in the competition.

"You're looking for owls in the dark," said Harvey. "As soon as the first light hits, you're on your feet or in the car, going as fast as you can, stopping as many places as you can."

The record was set in 1982 by LSU researcher Ted Parker and Princeton graduate student Scott Robinson. The pair tallied 331 species at a single site in Peru. The record has not been beat without using aircraft.

"There's no place else in the world you can go to see as many species as you can in Peru, Bolivia or Brazil," said Seeholzer.

Their birding travels have taken them all over the world collecting research for the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science.

"A lot of it is about movement, getting to new places and trying new habitats," said Seeholzer.

The team of four will go to Peru in October to scout locations and compete on several thousand meters of elevation to break the record. They'll also be raising money for discovery-based research in the Tropics.


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