Story last updated at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Cordova crazy for shorebirds
Millions of shorebirds visit the Copper River Delta this time of year, but half a million school children from across North America all visiting the region at the same time would raise an eyebrow or two in that quiet corner of Prince William Sound.

With the help of the Internet and a distance-learning program, students from far away will be able to follow along on a virtual shorebird field trip with Jay Beaudin's fifth-grade class from Mt. Eccles Elementary School in Cordova.

The Copper River Delta is the largest undisturbed wetland on the North Pacific coast of North America and it is estimated that more than 5 million shorebirds visit the area each year.

The hour-and-a-half television and Internet broadcast is courtesy of the newly formed Copper River International Migratory Bird Initiative of the U.S. Forest Service, along with other agencies and organizations.

The show runs Monday from 9-10:30 a.m., offering students, educators and bird lovers the chance for to see the mudflats and swirling shorebirds of Hartney Bay. To go along, simply visit http://shorebirds.pwnet.org. <> Cordova Times

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