Tuesday, June 8, 2010

If you really want to know....

...how to find 185 species of birds in Connecticut in a day sometime in late May, here's what it takes: you stay awake for 24 hours, drive well over 400 miles and spend EVERY minute of the day birding. If you're lucky you may end up with a list like this:

If you're anything like me, you'll look at the obvious misses on this list and think: "Darn, I could have told them where to find a .... and perhaps they could have broken the state record of 186 species in 24 hrs." Of course it is never this easy and even these ace birders are hugely dependent on luck -- these guys have to be in the right place at the right time, just like you or me. Plus, there are only 1,440 minutes to get to where the birds are...

If you REALLY want to know what it takes to accomplish a feat like this, talk to any one of these Raven Luna-ticks. They've got some stories to tell!

Thanks again to all who helped scout for the CT Big Day, and especially to those of you who helped support Connecticut Audubon Society's education and conservation programs with your financial contributions!

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