Date: 4/16/18 11:38 am From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: State-wide birding events in May
Hello PA Birders,
This year Global Big Day is May 5 and the PA Migration Count is May 12.
Global Big Day is sponsored by Cornell Labs and eBird for the fourth year. Last year more than 20,000 birders from 160 countries contributed sightings setting a world daily record with 6637 species. If you are familiar with eBird then it is easy to participate. As an incentive the eBird Challenge for May is to submit 5 checklists during that day. The prize is a pair of Zeiss 8x42 binoculars, retailing for over $900. This is probably the best chance you will ever have to win a prize of that size! Plus PA birders will be adding to the eBird database with over a half billion bird sightings.
The PAMC was established in 1992 to gather annual data on migratory bird populations. PAMC is an annual one-day snapshot of bird populations within our area attempting to answer which species are present, where they are and how many there are. It is a fun way to participate with others in your county when migration is at its peak. The Count is not on the same day as Global Big Day and no longer will be associated with it, however eBirders are still encouraged to participate in both events.
How does it work? The Pennsylvania Migration Count takes place each spring on the second Saturday in May. It is similar to the Christmas Bird Count. The difference is that PAMC takes place on a countywide basis, rather than within a CBC circle. The rules are simple: spend some time in the field counting all birds in a specified area, and keep track of miles traveled and time spent counting. Participants are free to roam their favorite county birding locales at anytime during the 24 hour period, starting at 12:01 am, counting every bird they find.
How can you help? Birders of all skill levels can help out with the count. Beginning at midnight with the songs of the Whip-poor-wills and the hooting of the Great-horned Owls, the PAMC is a great way to spend time outside. Whether you tally birds in your backyard, at your feeders, the local little league ball field, along the river, on a lake, at your camp or spend time hiking through a state park, and especially at migrant traps, your observations count. Field checklists and information for PAMC participation are available online at _http://pabirds.org/PAMC/Index.html_. Contact information for county compilers can also be found at pabirds.org <http://pabirds.org/>. Please submit your sightings to your county compiler. Those only using eBird to record their sightings should discuss with their compiler who will put the data into a spreadsheet. As in the past all the spreadsheets can be combined for comparison with other counties
Some counties do not have a compiler. Anyone wishing to help can contact myself or Frank Haas <fchaas...> If there is no one available feel free to use and submit the ‘Spreadsheet for Count Compiler to Tabulate Data’ found on the PA Society for Ornithology links referenced above and send it to me.
Don't let the weather stop you from getting outside. Sometimes after a rain shower migrants get active again especially at good migrant traps.