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Christmas Bird Count Comes to Richmond

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RICHMOND (CBS SF) — From dawn to dusk, teams of birders will fan out across Richmond on Sunday for the final day of the Golden Gate Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count.

This is the first year the annual tally has added Richmond to its count; historically the event has focused solely on Oakland and San Francisco.

The count will cover all of Richmond, including three important birding areas: Brooks Island, North Richmond Shoreline and the Eastshore wetlands like the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline.

The new count “will help shine a light on a community whose abundant birdlife has long been overlooked,” according to a release from the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

The annual bird count was on hiatus last year due to the pandemic.

During the event, participants will comb the city to count as many birds as possible in a single day. The annual count focused on Oakland on Dec. 19, followed by San Francisco on Dec. 28.

Each count aims to identify and record every individual bird encountered within a defined 15-mile-diameter circle — about 177 square miles. The day’s results will be submitted by the various teams in the evening and final results will be available later in the year.

In recent years, the Oakland count has had more participants than any other such event in the world, only to be outdone in 2019 by Victoria, British Columbia, according to organizers.

Tallies from the local counts will contribute to the National Audubon database, which tracks the health of local and nationwide bird populations.

In 2019, the Audubon Society’s annual count mobilized over 81,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,600 locations across the Western Hemisphere.

The Christmas Bird Count had its start in 1900, when conservationist Frank Chapman proposed it as a more humane alternative to the tradition of a Christmas bird hunt.

More information on the Oakland, Richmond and SF counts is available at https://goldengateaudubon.org/birding-resources/christmas-bird-counts/.

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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