For those of you who live in the SF Bay Area, I will be leading a greenbirding field trip for the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on Saturday morning, Sept 15. Check out http://www.montereybaybirding.org/trip_details.html for more info or to register for the event. Love to see you out there!
If you are an American Birding Association member, you have the July 2012 Birding magazine with the full text of my greenbirding article. If not, you can check out the follow-up ABA blog post at http://blog.aba.org/2012/07/greenbirding.html.
Thank you to those of you who participated in the GBD the last two years and sent results in to this website. I’ll send out an email invite and reactivate this blog for the next Green Big Day event, spring 2013!
With all of the incredible shorebird sightings rolling in this summer already, I am compelled to share some carbon calculation tips for those (like me) who have not yet developed full resistance to a mega-rarity chase. Of course, the cleanest and greenest way to see a redshank, greenshank or any other awesome vagrant, is to continually monitor shorebird flocks in your own area until one shows up 1-50 years from now…:)
1. Find out about that amazing sighting, and map out the round trip mileage.
2. Rent a hybrid and/or fill your car with birders who want to be green and save green.
3. Proceed to now famous location (without looking up current reports while driving).
4. Enjoy finding or missing the target bird with throngs of other birders.
5. Calculate your carbon consumption post-trip with a free online calculator, and divide it by the number of birders in your car.
6. Submit recommended carbon offset donation to an organization authorized to grant carbon credits through activities that actually “put plants in the ground.”
7. Keep records of your rare bird adventures and where new trees are growing because of them!
Hello green big day birders,
I have posted a results spreadsheet below for easy access, and it is organized alphabetically by last name. Enjoy! If you see anything incorrect, please let me know.
Also, please submit your efforts to the green listing page at www.greenbirding.ca and sign up for their online greenbirding community when you can. Have a great summer!
|Name||GBD Date||County, State, Country||Mode||Spp||Best Bird of the Day|
|Baillie Birdathon Green Team**||5/12/12||Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Can||Walking||89||Pine Warbler|
|Martin Butterfield + 4||4/17/12||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Walking||51||Cinnamon Bittern|
|Peter Christian +1||4/14/12||W. Belconnen, Canberra, AU||Walking||68||Shining Bronze Cuckoo|
|Margaret Leonard + 1||4/17/12||San Mateo, CA, US||Walking||48||Northern Harrier|
|Jim Nicholson||5/22/12||East Lothian, UK||Walking||87||Arctic Skua|
|Alex Rinkert & Scott Smithson||4/21/12||Santa Cruz, CA, US||Walking||121*||White-thr Sparrow|
|Paul Smithson||5/27/12||Washington, MN, US||Walking||57||Sharp-shinned Hawk|
|Martin Butterfield||5/7/12||Carwoola, NSW, AU||Biking||44||Australian Shelduck|
|Josiah Clark & Steve Phillips||4/20/12||Marin, CA, US||Biking||161*||all of them|
|Josiah Clark||4/25/12||Marin, CA, US||Biking||141||all of them|
|Josiah Clark||5/5/12||Marin, CA, US||Biking||156||all of them|
|Jared Dawson & Wim van Dam||4/19/12||Santa Barbara, CA, US||Biking||123||Calliope Hummingbird|
|Robert Furrow||4/15/12||Santa Clara, CA, US||Biking||157||Osprey|
|Robert Furrow||4/29/12||Santa Clara, CA, US||Biking||159||Cattle Egret|
|Kay & Bob Kavanaugh||5/26/12||Florence, WI, US||Biking||102||Black-thr Blue Warbler|
|Andrew Kleinhesselink||5/28/12||Cache, UT, US||Biking||127||Bobolink|
|Mark Kudrav||4/21/12||San Mateo, CA, US||Biking||126||Harlequin Duck|
|Alex Rinkert & Scott Smithson||5/5/12||Santa Cruz, CA, US||Biking||150||Chipping Sparrow|
|**McGill Bird Observatory||*Top US scores in 2012|
I have finally finished uploading results of each of your green big day efforts in the drop down menus from the 2012 Results tab. Of the teams that also participated last year, nine out of ten beat their own previous score, some by a dozen or more species!
Congratulations to Josiah Clark and Steve Phillips for setting a new US green big day record, with 161 species by bike in Marin County, CA. Robert Furrow was a close second, with a 159 species by bike in Santa Clara County, CA.
I have also begun to add creative commons photos of your “best bird” of the day, and feel free to email me any greenbirding photos you would like to share for the website. Still working on trimming some video clips and personal interviews, so you may be hearing from me soon…:)
Fellow green big day birders,
I know some of you have yet to email me your lists, photos, descriptions, etc., but I trust you each had a magnificent time wherever you were, enjoying your local birds by foot or bike! Stay tuned for descriptions and video of my GBD efforts this spring, as well as your “best birds” photos.
For me, doing a green big day not only drives home how much fun birders can have leaving cars at home. I also get a personal ecological snapshot of my local county here in the temperate North, right at the convergence of time when straggling winter residents cross paths with incoming summer residents. Given a backdrop of super cool resident birds gearing up to breed, you can’t go wrong spending a day out in natural nooks and crannies of where you live. Read my short article about this in the Santa Cruz Bird Club newsletter here:
June is now here, just waiting for a few more of you to send in your results…photos, videos, commentary, whatever you want. Please submit info for the website by June 7!
I’ll have a summary report soon…:)
Wow, what an effort has been made this year by biking and hiking birders! In the coming weeks, the GBD website will interview some super cool peeps and highlight stories from this year’s event…such as the record-breaking 161 species effort in Marin County, CA.
The last two days of May 2012 are upon us, and if you were thinking about spending a day birding your home patch as part of the Green Big Day, now is the time! If you have already enjoyed a great day of birding as part of this low key event, please share with the rest of us by posting a comment to the blog or clicking on “submit results here”. Check out the 2012 results section for folks who have reported on their experience thus far…
If you are sitting on your results, please send them in by June 7!
Since last Saturday, I have barely been able to hold chopsticks with enough strength in my hand to keep sushi from falling back to the plate. Folks, I have learned for the 2nd and hopefully last time…that it is wise to train for a 16-hour day of birding by bike! I should have listened to Josiah Clark who trains for these green big days every year.
Anyway, Alex Rinkert and I managed to break the previous Santa Cruz County GBD record of 130 with an exhausting effort that began with a Great-horned Owl and ended with a Barn Owl. After recounting (making sure there were no hanging chads), Alex Rinkert emailed me with excitement to tell me we had logged 150 species on the day!
I’ll be posting everyone’s stories soon, keep ’em coming. You have until the end of May to do a Green Big Day in your neighborhood, no matter where you live…enjoy!