[Tweeters] contest: Guess the next 5 state birds!
mattxyz at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 9 06:59:52 PST 2021
Hi Tweeters & INWBers
A reminder that we are getting close to the deadline to join in the ‘guess the next 5 state birds’ contest this round.
I’m accepting responses for a couple more weeks —
See message below and the linked article for details.
One fun note: With the appearance of a pretty solid looking Winter Wren yesterday, I’m not accepting guesses of Winter Wren from anyone who has not yet submitted a list. I believe 2 participants so far got that one, so there are early leaders in the game.
> On Dec 11, 2020, at 5:18 AM, Matt Bartels <mattxyz at earthlink.net> wrote:
> hi everyone -
> I wanted to ping the list to participate in a contest if interested. In the current issue of WOS News [https://wos.org/documents/wosnews/wosnews188.pdf#page=1 <https://wos.org/documents/wosnews/wosnews188.pdf#page=1> ], I’ve got a summary of the last round of this game. 31 people sent in guesses last time [late 2017-2018], predicting the next 5 birds that would be added to the official state list of birds. After adding 8 [or 7, depending on how you count] species, there were 3 winners last time: Congrats to Evie Merrill, Grace Oliver, and Brad Waggoner for correctly predicting two of the new species.
> This will be the 4th time this contest has been run - once by Dennis Paulson in 1994, twice more recently by me, and now this new round.
> Will a Cerulean Warble come to visit? How about a Winter Wren? Maybe the next bird will see us finally add a phylloscopus warbler to our list... or a Mississippi Kite….. too many choices!
> To join in: Read the article above for details and ideas, spend some time with the state checklist and other resources to figure out what seems likely, and then make your guesses. Send a list of 5 species to me here, by mid-January. Then, in a couple years or so, we’ll see how we all did.
> Looking forward to seeing what the collective wisdom of the crowd comes up to this time around.
> Matt Bartels
> Seattle, WA
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