Date: 12/29/18 3:45 pm From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] COA BIG JANUARY EVENT
Hello, CT Birders!
COA will be hosting a Big January event this year as we have done in recent years. The basic idea is to get out and go birding during the month of January to see how many different species you can find. We've tweaked it a bit for this year. We will be acknowledging the birders who find the most species in each county as well as in the state overall. We are also welcoming young birders to participate. The full announcement/instructions for the event is as follows:
COA 2019 "BIG JANUARY" EVENT
* A friendly competition to encourage birders to get out and go birding during the cold month of January. * A prize (a COA CT Warbler cap) will be awarded to the individuals who report the most species in each county in CT in the month of January, as well as within the state, overall. * All species seen or heard should be observed on public land, your own property, or private property with permission. * For those CT birders who use ebird, simply submit checklists to ebird for all of the birds you see in the month of January. We will utilize the ebird records at the end of the month to determine which individuals have recorded the most species in each county in CT. * For those CT birders who do not use ebird, please keep a record of where and when you first observe each species in the month of January and forward the results at the end of the month to the email address below. * Young birders (those 17 years of age or less) are encouraged to participate in this event. If you are in this age range, please let us know so that we can respond accordingly. We will have a special prize for the most accomplished participant in this group. * Deadline for submission is Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Send them to: Chris Loscalzo at <mailto:<closcalz...> <closcalz...> * A report on the results will be posted shortly thereafter on the CT birds list-serve and in an article on the COA website * Digital photos of the birds you have observed are welcome. Credit will be given for any photos used in the summary report. * Advanced registration is NOT necessary. * Since this event is based on the honor system, please make every effort to be accurate and certain of your identifications. * Have fun birding in January!