[wisb] Re: BGBY totals

I was too lazy to add my 194 walking BIGBY species to the Wisconsin Green 
Birding Challenge spreadsheet. I have enough trouble finding time to maintain 
my own personal checklists. :-) But I have a New Year's resolution to try to 
participate in the 2011 Wisconsin Green Birding Challenge. :-)

And I'd like to put in a plug for differentiating between walking BIGBYs and 
cycling BIGBYs in the WSO counts. The BIGBY web site has a separate "Walking 
BIGBY" category. They really are quite different endeavors...

Finally, we should all be so lucky as central California birder Jim Royer. On 
New Year's Eve he found an American Bittern, his 318th BIGBY species of 2010! 
That eclipses the old BIGBY year record of 295 species, set in 2008 by two 
California birders. Jim's BIGBY count was accomplished by walking, cycling, and 
kayaking.

Bernie Sloan
Milwaukee

--- On Fri, 1/7/11, Tim Vargo <tvargo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Tim Vargo <tvargo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [wisb] BGBY totals
> To: "'rcd2@xxxxxxxxxx'" <rcd2@xxxxxxxxxx>, "Wisbirdnet" 
> <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Friday, January 7, 2011, 11:06 AM
> 
> 
> Bob and others,
> 
> Those interested in a 2011 BGBY are invited to use a shared
> spreadsheet created by Owen Boyle.  It provides an easy
> way to track your BGBY numbers and see where you stand in
> relation to other birders.  He also created a blog for
> those interested in sharing their BGBY experiences.
> 
> If you'd like to join the 2011 Wisconsin Green Birding
> Challenge please backchannel me for information.
> 
> The 2010 competition saw Scott Baughman with an astonishing
> 234 species, followed by Andy Paulios (182) and Sam Corbo
> (161).
> 
> I'm excited to see this type of healthy and environmentally
> friendly list make it into the Badger Birder.
> 
> Good luck to everyone in 2011!
> 
> Tim Vargo
> 
> Timothy Vargo
> Manager of Research and Citizen Science
> Urban Ecology Center
> 1500 E Park Pl
> Milwaukee WI  53211
>  
> Phone: (414) 964-8505 x 116
> Fax: (414) 964-1084
>  
> tvargo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> www.urbanecologycenter.org
> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of rcd2@xxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Friday, January 07, 2011 9:40 AM
> To: Wisbirdnet
> Subject: [wisb] WSO Totals
> 
>      The WSO will again be printing the
> totals of Wisconsin birder's in The Badger Birder.  Any
> birder can submit their totals, as long as they meet the
> threshold number.  The deadline for submitting totals
> is March 15, 2011.  Birders with internet access can
> submit their totals simply by replying to this message and
> giving their numbers.  There is one additional category
> of Totals this year.  It is the 2010 BIGBY Total. 
> Many of you are already familiar with the work of Bernie
> Sloan and Scott Baughman on this matter.  For the
> purposes of the WSO BIGBY totals, such a total is the number
> of species seen by selecting a center point (perhaps your
> home or place of work) and then noting all the birds found
> when walking, biking, canoeing,etc. from this central
> location.  Also, any home feeder birds are fair
> game.  Any species found with the aid of a motorized
> form of transportation (even public transportation) is not
> countable.  Perhaps not many birders kept such a list
> for 2010 bu
>  t we intend to offer such a list again in 2011.  You
> can start right now!  I am already up to 16 species
> this year - and intend to do MUCH walking and biking to
> near-by birding spots in the coming year.  My legs and
> arms are just twitching to get going in earnest. 
> Perhaps this will be as healthy for me as it is for the
> environment.
>      Following are the categories of
> Totals.  And, again, one is able to submit their totals
> simply by reply to this message with their numbers. 
> And THANKS for participating!
>          -- Bob Domagalski,
> St. Nazianz
> 1. 2010 Wisconsin Year Total (threshold 200)
> 2. Wisconsin Life Total (threshold 200)
> 3. ABA Area Life Total (threshold 400)- this is basically
> the 49 continental US states and Canada plus off shore
> waters - it does not include Mexico and the Caribbean
> 4. County Life Totals (threshold 125 for any of the 72
> counties in Wisconsin)
> 5. 2010 BIGBY Total (threshold 100)
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