BA Vic 2004 Twitchathon

Subject: BA Vic 2004 Twitchathon
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Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 11:51:13 +1000
Hi birders, 

Once again it's time to start thinking about the Birds Australia 
Victorian annual Twitchathon. Currently there are two events scheduled 
for this years race, although there is the possibility of a third (see 
email on 'The Big Sit').  

* The 24 hour Race, which starts at 4:00pm Saturday 6 November 2004 and 
end at 4:00pm Sunday 7 November 2004 at Birds Australia's Head Office 
at 415 Riversdale Road, East Hawthorn.

* The 8 hour Race, which starts at 8:00am Sunday 7 November and 
finishes at 4:00pm Sunday 7 November at Birds Australia's Head Office 
at 415 Riversdale Road, East Hawthorn. 

First run in 1984 and won with a total of 182 birds by S Bennett, M 
Considine, J Davies, R Loyn, C Silveira, the Victorian Twitchathon is 
a  bird race conducted by Birds Australia each year as a fund raising 
event for bird research and conservation. Teams of birders develop a 
route through the bush and countryside, recording all bird species seen 
or heard. Importantly each team seeks sponsorship on basis of the 
number of bird species logged during a fixed 24-hour period.  

To give you a feel of race conditions in the Twitchathon some of the 
rules for the event include: teams must stay within one Australian 
state or territory; team members must always be within natural voice 
contact of each other; species can be added to a team list as seen or 
heard, but each addition must be verified by a majority of team 
members; tape playback or use of mechanical squeakers to attract birds 
are not permitted; there should be no assistance from people outside 
the team during the event is permitted, although a non-birding, non-
participating driver is permitted. 

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 
 You can also download the entry forms from the web 
site of Birds Australia Victoria at, and follow 
the links. So if you are new to birding or a keen twitcher this is a 
good way to support bird conservation while having a great time.


Tim Dolby
Convenor Birds Australia Victoria

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