Date: 3/11/18 2:38 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Cobrids posting: OK to post this?

Running a BBS route requires a person with good sound & sight ID abilities, one who commits to a 3-year stint, and who manages to get up an hour or two past midnight to drive to a starting point. (Some camp nearby.) A route takes merely one calendar day out of your year -- although it may also take a day or two before & after to plan, to scout, and to recover.
Thanks to all of your, from all over Colorado, who do routes. You get satisfaction but not much credit -- e.g. nothing like eBird's daily top-lister tallies.

This note recognizes those observers currently most active. The 16 observers listed below will run 40 routes in 2018 (the weather be willing) -- 30% of all the Colorado routes.

David Suddjian 6 Brad Andres 5 Chip Clouse 4 Randy Siebert 4 Paul Slingsby 4 Lisa Belmonte 3 Bob Carper 3 John Drummond 3 Tom Hall 3 Stephanie Jones 3 Hugh Kingery 3 Dave Leatherman 3 Larry Modesitt 3 Kim Potter 3 Sue Riffe 3 Randy Siebert 3

Unfortunately I don't have a way to assess the observers who have run their routes for the longest time. Though they include some of route-number high achievers, many more dependable route-runners just go out each year and run their routes. Thirty-nine (39) observers have run BBS routes for at least 10 years.
Lowell McEwen of Fort Collins ran the Last Chance route for almost 50 years. Ron Harden of Loveland has run the Harmony route since 1978s and still does it. With Bob Spencer's help, I took on the Cheesman Lake route after Don Thatcher, DFOs premier birder for many years, relinquished it.

Hugh Kingery
Colorado BBS Coordinator

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