I love the idea of the Big Green Year! I confess to feeling some guilt as
I drive around....
I thought I'd try it next year but why not start now? I know that I get
to make my own rules but I need to think on them a bit. For example if I
ride my bike to the boat access but my husband follows in the car with the
kayaks, can I count the birds I see when kayaking?
But here is my real question. Did your friend use any specific tool to
keep track of his count? If I use eBird, would I only record when under my
own steam. (ie: could not record the pine grosbeaks I see in the fruit
trees in front of the grocery store that I drove to)? Is that what he did,
or did he have a way to separate his sightings, or did he use a different
Thank you for sharing.
(usually birding in) Westford
On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 8:17 PM, tfberriman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A digiscoping buddy of mine is doing a 'Green' Santa Barbara county, CA.
> Year. By this it means he has to bike or walk to list as many birds in that
> county for the year 2015. So far he has biked almost 2, 800 miles in Santa
> Barbara County and recorded his 250th species yesterday. Santa Barbara
> County is about 3, 800 square mile (land & water). While checking the
> database on Vermont eBird I noticed that ALL the birders in Vermont have
> been able to find 258 species throughout the entire state (9, 614 sq.miles)
> so far this year and probably driven thousands & thousands of miles by
> automobile. Of course it would be very difficult to try a 'Green' big year
> in Vermont. (winters are 8 months long here, LOL). But it just made me stop
> and think for a moment, anyway. But I let him know how close the birders of
> Vermont were to his personal record for one county. (heck of a county
> though!!) And as Sherlock would say "The game is on"
> Tom Berriman