Date: 12/31/18 9:23 pm From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
The 2019 C&O Count period is now just around the corner!
This update will be beefier than usual, re-stating most of the initial details. Updates to follow will again be abbreviated with reference to this message by way of a link.
Count dates for 2019: 1/26/19 thru 2/3/19
In 2018 the C&O count was resurrected after a one-year hiatus. In 2018 miles were not reserved and duplicate miles were acceptable/expected due to the last minute count revival. Thankfully, no duplicate miles were submitted. In truth there's no good way to handle duplicate miles when compiling the data, so they're being eliminated in this and in future years. The count will again extend over NINE days incl two weekends. Unless you feel you will be out of the state/country for that entire period, finding a day or two or even three for birding on the C&O should be doable. Participation in other county level mid-winter counts should not greatly conflict with participation in the C&O count. Their organization is not connected to this event.
EVERYONE wanting to participate will need to submit their list(s) to eBird [https://ebird.org/home] and then SHARE the resulting eBird checklist with me. If you're not already eBird-ing, give it a try if only to participate in this event. eBird is a handy way to build your life list, and your observations can add to the information useful for monitoring bird populations. I can attest to the fact that eBird is also quite good at restricting the amount of email they send out to members. I have a guide to checklist "sharing" that i can send to those who find they need it. Available also is a beginners eBird tutorial of my own creation.
First and foremost, keep in mind, you are NOT specifying a DATE you will count.
Towpath RESERVED miles [see *Q & *A below] are shown below. Coverage is shown for birders using the eBird "travelling" protocol, referencing the START and END mileposts [#/#] with gaps indicated by a semicolon [;].
Miles by county: DC MONTCO 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38 FREDCO 39/58 WASHCO 58/77; 95/98; 99/101 ALLEG 171/173; 183/canal terminus
To decode the above, for the "MONTCO 29/32; 36/38" entry, a towpath section in Montgomery County from milepost 29 to milepost 38 has been reserved with the exception of a GAP of FOUR MILES between mileposts 32 and 36. In addition the mile [mile 39] following milepost 38 is available.
To reserve mile(s): REPLY with particulars in the following manner: I will bird from START milepost # to END milepost #.
Birding using the eBird "stationary" protocol following GBBC rules is also acceptable with no requirement for specific reservations - ask for particulars.
A reminder & additional information will be sent pre-count to those who contact me to reserve miles, or as potential "stationary" counters.
Consult the C&O Canal Trusts Access and Parking link[https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/] to determine towpath access in your area of interest. Note that while the Trust will indicate incremental towpath miles, actual mileposts are in full miles only. The info will also clue you in to the distance & direction to the nearest milepost from parking.
*Q Why are miles reserved already? *A In October, the "veteran" group of 2018 birders who either DID successfully submit SHARED eBird checklists to me, or would have done, or might have done, but for complicating factors were contacted for preferences for 2019...
Note that as a participant in 2019, you will move up to the "veteran" group for 2020 and have first crack at either the same miles covered in 2019, or totally new miles, unless they can be claimed by one of the other "veteran" birders...
I'll provide additional updates on towpath coverage to MD Birding, becoming more frequent as 1/26/19 approaches.
Available but not attached 2018 C&O Count Compilation in PDF. NPS Canal Milepost Lat Long in DD in PDF.
ps PLEASE FORWARD
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