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 January, because our year lists reset to 0, and every early year outing adds to the fun obsession of Big Year birding.
Here are two challenges for you to consider for 2013:
1. Try a BIGBY next year. A “Big Green Birding Year” can only include birds that you observe by foot or bike or boat from your place of residence or work. Driving your vehicle to chase birds cannot add to your BIGBY record totals. Imagine making good on resolutions involving exercise, while discovering great birds within walking distance of your home! Check out www.greenbirding.ca for more info, to submit regional records, and to connect with the greenbirding community.
2. Do a Big Year that is “carbon-neutral.” I imagine that the majority of birders, myself included, will drive vehicles to go see birds at some point next year. What if we tracked our mileage for each jaunt and using online calculators, figured out creative ways to offset our birding related emissions?