[Tweeters] 5-Mile Radius Birding and 2019 Challenge

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Fri Dec 21 09:07:57 PST 2018

This is a great idea!
Fun and way to get out of the house more, and keep birding local and sustainable.
I look forward to reading your blog/group.

Happy solstice, everyone!

Teresa Michelsen
Port Townsend, WA

From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jen Sanford
Sent: December 21, 2018 7:53 AM
To: OBOL <obol at freelists.org>; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] 5-Mile Radius Birding and 2019 Challenge

Hi all,

I've been keeping a 5-mile radius (5MR) bird list for just over two years now, starting at my former residence in Portland, and now the last year in Vancouver, WA. My goal was to spend more time birding close to home while also exploring unknown-to-me areas and finding new places to bird. It's been fun! I've even convinced some others to give it a shot and they seem to like it also. If you're interested and want to start a list like this I made a little FAQ on my blog here: http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/vancouver-5mr.html

We also have a Facebook group for those interested in keeping a 5-mile radius bird list: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2244306435817279/

For 2019 some of us are taking part in a little challenge to see the most species in our respective 5MR's. Since it's far from an even playing field out there we will also compare percentages: how many species we've seen divided by species reported in our county (per eBird). There will be a few monthly challenges thrown in for fun. If this sounds like something you're interested in, shoot me an email with your county/state and I'll add you to the challenge. I'll send out an email at the end of each month to ask your total, then share with the rest of the group (unless you don't want me to, of course). So far we have birders from 6 states and 3 countries (USA, Canada, Australia) signed up!

Here's some info on the 2019 challenge: http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/the-5mr-2019-challenge.html

Cheers to local birding in 2019!

Jen Sanford
Vancouver, WA
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