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Some of you will recall Tom Berriman's October 9 listserve post, in 
which he alerted us to his friend Glenn Kincaid's Santa Barbara County 
Big Green Year, and then challenged us to to come up with a 2015 
statewide eBird total that would top Glenn's year-end tally. Glenn 
gladly accepted that challenge, and we're now extending it to all 
Vermont birders. With two months to go, the race is close, far too close 
to call, with VT at 264 species and Glenn at 261.

Vermont birders are invited to make a pledge to support Vermont eBird in 
this winner-take-all contest. The real goal is to get everyone out 
birding and reporting to eBird. Can we hit the unprecedented 300 species 
mark by December 31? Our previous best is 294 species in 2011.

For more on this friendly competition, see the VCE blog post: 
http://vtecostudies.org/blog/the-vermont-santa-barbara-birding-challenge/.

300 or bust!

Chris

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Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1
www.vtecostudies.org