Year of the Outback

Subject: Year of the Outback
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 09:24:17 +1000
The Year of the Outback has been extensively promoted on ABC Radio (at 
least here in NSW).

On the twitchathon my fellow Whacked Out Woodswallow team member Mike Todd 
raised the suggestion of trying to do the twitchathon "out west".  While 
such a route wouldn't produce the species tally to win it has, however, 
planted the seed of an idea.

How many of the serious twitchathoners would be interested in a special 
one-off Outback Twitchathon with proceeds going to Newhaven (truly a good 
outback cause)?  The twitchathon would be separate to the annual October 
event - perhaps held in early September (??).  A few simple rule changes 
might be required.  I would suggest that the state boundaries be dropped 
as I think the Victorians might be slightly (though not necessarily) 
disadvantaged.  The boundaries would need to be set to determine the 
limits of the outback for this purpose.  In NSW this might be west of 
Walgett, Warren, West Wyalong, Hay, Swan Hill.  I have given about 30 
seconds thought to this so it is obviously open to debate.  The 
twitchathon, as I see it, would also be a 36 hour event starting at 6AM 
Saturday and finishing at 6PM Sunday.  The starting and finishing points 
would be flexible but the finishing point would need to be registered 
before the event.

Any takers?  Anyone volunteering to organise it in their state?  If we can 
get it off the ground we might be able to get it sanctioned as an official 
Year of the Outback event raising the profile of birding at the same time 
as raising funds for Newhaven.  I'm sure we could get some media interest 
in such a bizarre event.

If there is enough interest we need to get planning quickly.


David Geering

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