Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05

Subject: Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 10:42:54 +1100

It's obviously very quiet out there on the birding front.

I think I recall discussions in past years about this with suggestions that you open it up as a national event.  

I like the "Modified Dolby System".  Because I only have the past five years totals for NSW (although I do prefer the 10 year average model) I've used the average of the past 5 years winning totals for both states.  The 7 year Twitchers (Vic) would have scored 96.7 while WOW (NSW) would have scored 105.4.  The Brewers (NSW) would come out at 104.5.

Obviously you are not going to please everyone.  There are clearly inequities that probably can't be addressed.  The Victorians are limited by state borders for example.  If we dropped border restrictions would the Victorian teams change their routes?  Others may cry foul that FNQ teams (for example) may have a greater diversity of birds within easy travelling distance.  I don't think it's possible to create a level playing field here.  There's already some apparent discontent in NSW (I've only heard second-hand) about some teams taking it all too seriously.  This is interesting as the teams that they must be referring to probably have the most irreverent attitude to the event of any of the teams (WOW don't even do a recce of sites before the Saturday of the event!).  The same teams (although I can really only speak for certainly about WOW) also raise significant amounts of money.

I think it would be interesting to open it up (only because I like a challenge) but not sure how it could be done while keeping enough teams happy to ensure that it remained an important find raising event.


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