[CT Birds] Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Mon Oct 31 22:18:00 EDT 2016

This looks really interesting and really challenging.  February's a tough month in CT; this ain't for the squeamish.  I recall seeing that decades ago, Dennis Varza had organized a mid-winter (February Count), similar to a CBC.  He published it in the CT Warbler.  I think it was back when that journal was printed on stone tablets.  In Cuneiform.  

I'm in.  Pats are gonna win anyway.  I don't tire of watching Gronk score touchdowns but I'd rather be out looking for Saw-Whet feces under Cedar trees.
Steve MayoBethany

      From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
 To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
 Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:47 PM
 Subject: [CT Birds] Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!
Hello fellow birders!


Mark your calendars!


Consider joining in on this fun, new birding event!


Here is the announcement for the event:


The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!

Held on Super Bowl Sunday!!!


Come join in on a fun and friendly event! Compete with other birders and win
prizes and get your team's name inscribed on the prestigious Mega Bowl

When:  Sunday, February 5th, 2017 from 6 am to 4 pm.  (Dinner from 4 pm to 6

Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and
Meriden), CT

Why: to have fun birding, socialize with other birders, and raise money for
the New Haven Bird Club and other environmental organizations of your choice

How it works:

Birders join together in groups of 3 or 4 people and go birding wherever
they like within New Haven County on the day of the event.  They record the
birds they observe and earn points for each species recorded.  Each species
has a point value from 1 to 5 with 1 point for the most common species and 5
points for the rarest species.  The point values are determined by how
common or rare the species is in New Haven County in February.  If a team is
the first team of the day to find a rare (5-point) bird, they will be
awarded an additional 3 points for calling it in right away so that other
teams will have the opportunity to observe it.

The teams will meet at the end of the event and have dinner and share
stories. The meeting will be at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 500
Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  A delicious dinner will be served.  The results
will be tabulated and a winning team will be determined. The winning team
will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy! Prizes will be awarded
to every team that earns 100 points or more. Special prizes will be awarded
to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and
other accomplishments to be determined.  

Teams will have to strategize where to go to get the most points. Some teams
might start along the coast and then go inland, while others might do the
opposite. Birders could choose to go to local birding spots that they know
well, or to other areas to see specific species that are typically found
there.  They can visit any public site (such as a state or town park), but
they must obey standard birding etiquette rules and obey all property signs
and rules of the road.  

As this is the first year for what is anticipated to be an annual event, no
participation fee will be required.  Participants have the opportunity, but
not the obligation, to raise money for the event by having friends, family
members, or employees, etc. pledge a certain amount of money for each point
their team earns. The money raised will go to the New Haven Bird Club and
any other environmental organization of the team's choosing. 

The Mega Bowl is inspired by the Superbowl of Birding held each January in
Northeast New England by Mass Audubon. The organizers of that event have
generously given their consent for us to hold our own, similar event.  

Anyone interested in participating in the Mega Bowl will need to register in
advance.  The deadline for registration is January 27th.  Participants may
sign up as a team, or individuals can submit their names and they will be
put in contact with other individuals looking to become members of a team.
The participants are encouraged to be creative in coming up with a name for
their team.  Two examples of team names are: "fourth and longspurs" and
"snowy howls."

The official rules for the event and the Mega Bowl Checklist of bird species
will be posted in the near future.


Chris Loscalzo

Mega Bowl Coordinator


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