Twitchathon time

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Twitchathon time
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 10:51:44 +1000
Hi birders

I've seen little discussion on this list so far in 2004 about the approaching Twitchathon - no bragging or attempted intimidation - or indeed much at all about how much $$$$ is to be collected for bird conservation projects around the country. None that is except for the odd plea from organisers for a bit of interest!!

This is the first year in years that I will not actually be fielding a team in the Victorian Twitchathon, and that feels a bit odd. It's usually a highlight of the year (and not just because we often WIN - there's the bragging out of the way early). This year I'm just a bit too busy with other matters (work & family) to get organised to enter.

I normally try to spruik up a bit of interest on this list each year - send out the challenge for other teams to have a crack at mine, etc. So this year it's from the sidelines, but nonetheless I want to encourage as many people to participate as possible. Get a team together and have a bit of fun on the weekend trawling your favourite birding spots for the big tally - make sure you sponsor a team or two - and talk about the event to other potential sponsors.

Is there any competive spirit out there? I'd like to see a bit of Twitchathon rhetoric trotted out on Birding-Aus - so we can assess the contenders before placing our bets.

Details about the Victorian event can be found here: (follow the Twitchathon link from the top of the page)

or by contacting the Victorian organiser Tim Dolby <>

Some misty-eyed sentimentalism about past events (from me) is (out of date, but) here:


Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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