Date: 1/1/19 4:00 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
That’s an admirable goal. While you have calculated “cross county average” as 45 miles, there are a fair number of counties either much greater or much less than 45 miles. With careful planning, you should make your goals of at least 1 “tick” per county and more than 10,000 your quest.
I look forward to your progress reports.

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> On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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