Re: Year of the Outback

Subject: Re: Year of the Outback
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 08:00:55 +1000
I've received some positive responses regarding a potential one-off 
Outback Twitchathon.  For those that missed my initial posting the idea is 
to piggy back on the Year of the Outback in 2002 and raise money for 
Newhaven.  I assume Birds Australia will have no problem with this 
concept.  I'm thinking of keeping it a simple affair - no prizes just the 
satisfaction of raising money and, for the competitive, the satisfaction 
of seeing more birds than the other teams.  I assume that birding-ausers 
who can't take part will support participating teams.

At this stage it looks like we have 2 teams in Victoria and one in NSW 
with a possible organiser volunteering in Queensland.  If this gets off 
the ground I think more teams will come on board.  What is the likelihood 
of getting teams from South Australia and Mount Isa??  Once we get off the 
ground we can canvass the regular twitchathoners for their interest.  I 
envisage this affair being much smaller than the main twitchathon due to 
the obvious constraints that people may have getting into the "outback" 
for a weekend.

Has anyone a preference for time of year.  I think having it as far as 
possible from the October Twitchathon is preferable.  I initially thought 
the first week of September but this might interfere with a planned trip 
of mine to FNQ.  I still think early spring is the time but how about late 


David Geering

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