One birder tackles the technology- Twitchathon on Twitter

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Subject: One birder tackles the technology- Twitchathon on Twitter
From: "Sean Dooley" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:54:23 +1100
Inspired by the discussion on how technology can be used by birders, I have
decided to attempt to put the attempt of our twitchathon team (The Bush
Turkeys) to win this year's Victorian race on Twitter. Being a rather late
adapter of new technology (I still don't trust them fancy, new fangled smoke
signals!) this could be a bit of a disaster, particularly as for much of the
race I thin kwe will be out of range for me to send any tweets. 


But if anyone wants to follow us, check out
for hopefully live updates on how we are going. Members of the Bush Turkeys
have been involved in the Thon from the very first Twitchathon and the team
has existed since 1989 and have competed as a team ten times previously
managing to win four times. We haven't raced since 2006 and as none of us
have had a chance to suss out what we used to think was our unbeatable
route, we will have a tough job trying to beat the young guns (well maybe
not so young) who have won the last two events. But it is a fantastic spring
for birds in Victoria this year with masses of birds moving in such as
Crimson Chats, Budgies, trillers, Balck Honeyeaters etc, so this could be
one where the Vic record could fall. (224 species)


If anyone would like to sponsor the Bush Turkeys contact me on this email
address or on Twitter where apparently you put @Twitchathon before your
message. All funds raised this year go to BA VicGroups bird study grants,
providing vital funds for research into our local birds.


Good luck to the other teams, I hope you have a safe and bird-filled race.


Sean (Captain Turk) Dooley




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