Re: birding-aus Twitching

Subject: Re: birding-aus Twitching
From: Theo Hofmann <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 10:57:35 -0500 (EST)
On Sun, 7 Nov 1999  wrote:

> Trevor Ford wrote:
> > 
> > Has anyone thought that one of the reasons twitchathons might not capture
> > the public imagination is because it's such a bloody stupid word?
> Everybody else uses 'bird races' but then you have to explain that its
> you, not the birds that are racing so its not much better.

Not everyone uses "bird race". In Canada "birdathon" has been used for 
many years, originally by the Long Point Bird Observatory, and now by the 
enlarged organisation "Bird Studies Canada". In recent years the money 
raised was around Can$ 150,000.00 (about the same in Austr.$'s). Many 
individuals raise over $1,000. I have never found any problem in getting 
not only birders, but many other friends and acquaintances to support me.

Good birding everybody

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