Sydney area Twitchathon?

Subject: Sydney area Twitchathon?
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 19:32:46 +1000
Yes, that was exactly what I was thinking. Just a dry run for:

a) Providing a goal for a day's birding (particularly for those who don't
have 130 birds in their area to add to their life lists)

b) hone the skills and maybe build an itinerary for the real thing.

We could run a parallel version in the Blueys. What's a good number of
species to get in 5 hours up there? At a wild mostly uneducated guess I'd
say the 90 we got on sunday could be done in 5 hours. A handicap system
could sort out the diescepancies.


On 7/25/06, Mick Roderick <> wrote:


I don't think what Evan is talking about has any chance of reducing
participation in the Main Event in October...if anything it would
potentially generate more interest.

Evan, I'm not sure what you have in mind for time limits etc, but you may
be interested in an event that I organise a couple of times a year called a
"Minitwitch" (they have been happening for about 4 years now, based in
Newcastle). Rather than the full 24 hour race, it is only 5 hours long and
is designed for a single morning's twitching on a given Sunday. I am
organising one soon and will be posting details in the next few days. It is
a purely-for-fun thing that keeps us Twitchathon addicts at bay during the

I hope too, that it may spur on more interest for the fundraising event in


*Shirley Cook <>* wrote:

Dear all,

It would be a great pity if there was a second Twitchathon that may
reduce participation in the Twitchathon that Frances Czwalinna organises
every year that raises funds for bird conservation.
Just a thought...

Shirley Cook
Birds Australia - Northern NSW Group

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