Author Archives: Scott Smithson

Monterey Bay Birding Festival talk on Sept 24!

Hello, for Bay Area birders or anyone planning to attendĀ the Monterey Bay Birding Festival next week, I’ll be speaking on Thursday, Sept 24, 3:30pm: “Carbon Neutral Cuckoos: Chasing Birds & Planting Seeds.” I’ll update folks on the latest “green big … Continue reading

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Can Team Beastmasters break 200 species?

Hello birders, check out www.slowtwitchbirding.com right now to see the prep and planned route for tomorrow’s attempt at a 200 species Green Big Day! Josiah Clark, Robert Furrow and Andy Kleinhesselink begin their epic journey on kayaks at midnight tonight, … Continue reading

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Last call to share your greenbirding adventures!

Don’t forget to submit your green big day results. We’d love to hear your stories and feel free to post responses to the blog. This friendly annual event ends May 31! Epic stories of records broken and marathon biking birding … Continue reading

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Two greenbirding talks May 8 and May 9

May 8: I’m presenting a talk entitled, “Cuckoos & Carbon” at Watsonville Wetlands Watch, 6:30pm, recounting the story of the epic first state record of Common Cuckoo in Watsonville Slough and the hundreds of birders who descended upon the region … Continue reading

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Biking birders set new benchmark: 181 species!

It’s tough enough to see over 150 species in a day by car, but unbelievably, two teams from California and Texas have both broken the US carbon-free record this spring and are now tied at 181! I’ll have more details … Continue reading

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Green Big Day 3.0 begins!

OK, the window is open, April 1-May 31. Take a hike, ride a bike, paddle a kayak, and go enjoy the avian diversity of your region. I look forward to hearing some great stories from around the world! Rumor has … Continue reading

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Green Big Day 2013 is all of April and May.

Want to come out and play? GBD 2013 will run from April 1 to May 31, so get out those bikes or hiking boots and plan out a good route! I encourage all birders to give a walking or biking … Continue reading

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2013: Green up your Big Year!

Since the world indeed persisted beyond Dec 21, it’s time to start making those big year plans for 2013. How many bird species will you be able to identify in your home county or state next year? We birders love … Continue reading

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Gray Hawk in Carpenteria?

Wow, talk about long distance overshoot! Birders know you have to go to SE Arizona to see the Gray Hawk in the US. If accepted, this will be a first CA state record. It’s being seen on both sides of … Continue reading

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Common Cuckoo in Santa Cruz!

Ok, here we go, mega-rarity has turned up in the Watsonville Wetlands at Ford St in Watsonville, just south of Santa Cruz, CA! If you are from CA and you chase this bird, use one of my carbon calculator links … Continue reading

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