Birds Australia?s 2003 Victorian Twitchathon - see
It?s time! It's time to do your bit for birds conservation by getting
involved the Twitchathon!
The Twitchathon is an annual fund-raising event conducted in
association with Birds Australia. Basically the Twitchathon involves
hundreds of birdwatchers madly rushing around the countryside (or bush)
attempting to see (or twitch) as many bird species as possible in a
race against time and each other.
Each state in Australia holds their own event - the 2003 Victorian
Twitchathon will be held on the weekend of 25 and 26 October. There are
two ways to participate in the 2003 Victorian Twitchathon:
· Racing - forming a team and participating directly in the one
of the race categories. This also involves obtaining donors who will
sponsor your team for every species of bird you see during the race.
Please contact me for more details on how to join an existing team or
form a team of your own.
· Sponsoring - perhaps more importantly, you can participate by
supporting a team by being a donor and help raise funds for bird
research and conservation. All donations over are tax deductible.
Please contact me if you would like more details on how to sponsor a
In recent years money raised through the Twitchathon has been used to
fund research projects into our native Box-Ironbark forests, Malleefowl
conservation, and habitat restoration for the Regent Honeyeater.
Importantly the Twitchathon also celebrates the arrival of spring in
Victoria (and daylight saving) and gives member and friends a chance to
spend some time in our beautiful forests, wetlands, beaches, grasslands
and heath looking at and listening to birds. Apart from raising money
to help protect Victoria's native birds, it's a great opportunity to
brush up on your identification skills and to see how many birds you
can find at your favourite bird locations. There are also prizes for
the teams who identify the most birds and those who raise the most
There will three events in the 2003 Victorian Twitchathon:
· The 24-hour Race, starting at 4:00pm on 25 October and
finishing at 4:00pm on 26 October
· The 8-hour Race start at 8:00am on 26 October and finishes at
· The NEW '8-hour Open', held in any continuous 8-hour period on
any day one month prior to 4:00pm 26 October. This new category will
appeal to people who are interested in getting involved but are
unavailable to participate in the main weekend. Also the 8-hour Open
can be organised around a casual day's birding. Special awards will be
presented to the best junior and senior participant.
To celebrate the finish of the race there will be a BBQ at 4:00pm on
Sunday 26 October at Birds Australia's Head Office in Hawthorn. Even if
you have not entered in the event, feel free to come along to the BBQ.
Entering is easy! Simply contact me and I will provide you with an
entry kit comprising the rules, sponsorship forms and tick list. I can
be contacted by phone on (03) 9489 3830 or by email at
To download the formal documentation straight to
your computer go to the Twitchathon section of the new Babbler?s Nest
website at http://www.babblersnest.com/twitchathon.html and follow the
For more information about the big event follow these links from
dedicated Twitchathon veterans:
· Lawrie Conole's Victorian Twitchathon Page at
· Stuart Cooney's Twitchathon Page at
I look forward to hearing from you.
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