[CT Birds] COA Big January - announcement

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 30 07:32:58 EST 2014


Hi all,
This will also soon be available on the COA Website, www.ctbirding.org


Big January 2015- Connecticut

One of the most exciting parts of the New Year for birders is starting a new list of bird species seen for the upcoming 12 months. Some people take this up a level by participating in the now-annual BIG JANUARY competition, a friendly and fun game to see who can spot the most species during the month in Connecticut. Instead of partying New Year’s eve till the ball drops, some anxious birders go out pre-dawn Jan 1st in search of owls to start their new year list. 

With the aid of internet list-serves, eBird, and cell phones, it is possible to tally 130 or more species in CT during the first month of the year. This competition is not limited to a small group of elite birders - anyone can join in!  

As in the past, there are a few basic rules:
	* To qualify, one needs to have identified (seen or heard) a minimum of 90 species for the month within Connecticut.
	* All species seen/heard need to have been counted on public property, your own property, or private property with permission.
	* Report your species list in the same order as the COA ARCC Official CT List:  http://www.ctbirding.org/ct_checklist.htm , OR the species order of eBird is also acceptable. Also, if possible, provide the date and location (town) for the first time each species was identified (optional. but encouraged).
	* For those that use eBird, it is quite easy to generate your January CT list to submit. Otherwise, please provide a database, or even a simple list (see last item).
	* Deadline for submission is Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 pm. Send them to me here:  mantlik at sbcglobal.net
	* A report on the results will be posted shortly thereafter on the CT birds list-serve, and in an article on the COA website:  http://www.ctbirding.org 
	* Digital photos you have taken, especially of rare species, are welcome.
Note that smaller photo file size makes for easier/quicker emailing. Credit will be given on any photos used in the summary report.
	* Since this event is based on the honor system, please make every effort to be honest and certain of your identification.

I would also encourage everyone to think of conservation when birding this year. Instead of "chasing" down rare birds across the state every weekend perhaps you should see how many you could find in your own town, or at a given sanctuary or two. You'll find a bird or two you never expected, a new patch to explore, and feel better for helping the environment and your wallet. 
Even if you do not qualify at 90 or more species but have a great sighting or wonderful photo please feel free to pass it along. 
Thank you and good birding!

Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT



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