Date: 12/21/19 3:03 pm From: David Sarkozi <david...> Subject: [texbirds] Jay Packer's Taylor County Big Year
Some may not be away of Jay Packer's Taylor County Big Year (Abilene). Jay had a Ferruginous Hawk today for county bird 289 this year. While Taylor County does have two good size lakes, Kirby Lake and Lake Abilene, that's a really remarkable total for a that part of Texas. How has he done this? Ny birding every single day, and I mean he has not skipped a single day this year!
I write this because 290 species seems like a very real possibility with 10 days to go in the year. This month alone he has added Hutton's Vireo, Crested Caracara, Le Conte's Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Green-tailed Towhee, and Ferruginous Hawk.
Jay is doing this to raise money for the Kirby Lake Nature Park. To date close to $8,000 has been pledged. I think if a lot of people from TEXBIRDS went to his blog and made pledge $10,000 is possible. With all versions of TEXBIRDS reaching more than 8,000 people, I think we should shoot for pledging $15,000 total for the nature park. If each person that this potentially reaches pledged just a penny a bird that would be $23,120. If each pledged a dime a bird that would be $230,000!
Why does this matter? because it would tell the city fathers who run the nature park there are people who really care about these things in Texas and show we believe they can have something special in Abilene.