2015 Tasmanian Twitchathon results

To: Mona Loofs-Samorzewski <>
Subject: 2015 Tasmanian Twitchathon results
From: Kai Schraml <>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:48:40 +0000
Well done! 

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> On 30 Nov 2015, at 8:38 am, Mona Loofs-Samorzewski <> 
> wrote:
> Hi folks
> The first BirdLife Australia State-wide Tasmanian Twitchathon to be held for 
> 5 years was a resounding success! The aim was to raise $1000 for conservation 
> of the 40-spotted Pardalote and that target was not only reached but exceeded 
> with the final figure being $1486.86. Congratulations to The Dickie Birds who 
> managed to raise the most sponsorship money.
> In the 24-hour event there were three teams competing. The “Has Bins 
> featuring the Forty-spotted Teenagers” was made up of Michael Vaughan, Peter 
> Vaughan, George Vaughan, Simon Grove, and Lachie Clarke. They clocked up a 
> massive 124 species, with their best bird being Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo and 
> worst dip being Morepork, which had been calling every night both before and 
> after the Twitchathon but refused to make any sound at all on Twitch night.
> Second was the “Southern Emu-wrenches” (Paul Brooks, Mona Loofs-Samorzewski, 
> meika loofs samorzewski) with 117 species. They definitely won the 
> most-traveled prize though, clocking up 1200 km! Their best bird was 
> Sanderling and worst dip (with almost too many to choose from) was Scarlet 
> Robin.
> The other team competing was “Scott and Will (Scott Linnane and William 
> Newberry) who achieved a respectable total of 87 species, despite not 
> competing for the entire 24 hours.
> Congratulations and well done to everyone competing in the 24-hour category!
> The other event in the Tasmanian Twitchathon was the Playground category, 
> where teams had to include at least one person under the age of 10, all 
> sightings had to be made from within the confines of a playground, with a 
> minimum of 1 and maximum of 4 hours twitching in total (transport between 
> playgrounds not counted).
> There were four teams competing. The team achieving the highest tally at 
> multiple playgrounds was The Dickie Birds, comprising Karen Dick, Peter Dick 
> and Joseph Dick. They scored a massive 50 species, well done! Their best bird 
> was a pair of Scarlet Robin and worst dip was European Greenfinch.
> The highest tally in a single playground was 24 species by the Swingamiejigs 
> (Betty Evans, Michael Everett, Julie Moss, Samual Moss) at the Waterworks 
> Reserve Playground. Their best bird was Olive Whistler and worst dip was 
> Starling.
> Two other teams participated: the Paul Brooks Fan Club (Jeremy O’Wheel and 
> Sophie O’Wheel) who saw 8 species, and the Sophie O’Wheel Fan Club (Rachel 
> Nimmo and Nell Brooks) who saw 5 species.
> Thank-you to those who participated in, supported and helped organise the 
> Twitchathon. Much appreciation also to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Pennicott 
> Cruises, The Hobart Bookshop and the Raptor Refuge, for caring enough about 
> the 40-spotted Pardalote to donate prizes for the winning teams. Thanks 
> everyone!
> Mona Loofs-Samorzewski
> 2015 Tasmanian Twitchathon Organiser
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