National Twitchathon 2016

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Subject: National Twitchathon 2016
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Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:29:09 +0000

It’s already that time of year again, when the days are lengthening and
spring is in sight - and that means it’s almost Twitchathon time again too!
This year marks a major change in the way the Twitchathon is being run.
After many many years of successful state-based events, there has been a
directive from the BirdLife Australia headquarters to make the event a
truly national one.

For those who are not aware, the Twitchathon is a fundraising event, in
which teams of crazy birdwatchers (ie: every single person in this facebook
group ;) ) race to record as many bird species as possible in a given 24
hour period. In NSW, the current record is held by the Hunter Home Brewers,
who listed 252 species during the competition a few years ago. Each state
will be coordinating their own event under the new national rules, and
fundraising for their chosen conservation project. NSW for instance is
raising money for Gould’s Petrel recovery, as the endangered breeding
population of this species on Cabbage Tree Island near Newcastle has
recently suffered a severe blow, with critical nesting habitat being
destroyed by storms, and a fast response will be required to limit the
negative impacts on these special Australian seabirds.

The Twitchathon will run on the last weekend of October (29th and 30th).
There will be three race types held across Australia in 2016, as detailed
in the attached rules above. We are excited for the new-look event, and
believe the three races cater to a diverse range of birdwatchers – young,
old, new, and experienced alike. The Birdathon (Race #3) in particular has
been designed so that absolutely anybody can compete and raise money for
their state, even if they only have a few hours to spare on the Twitchathon
weekend. There are loads of exciting prizes to be won for the biggest
lists, rarest sightings, best fundraisers, and many more!

We do not have the registration forms finalised yet, so if all interested
parties can email their relevant state coordinators, your names and emails
will be set aside for when we send out the registration package in a few
weeks, which will include team entry forms, details on the essential
post-twitch gatherings, species lists, and other essential race

In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any
of the coordinators listed in the attached rules document, who will be
happy to answer any questions you may have.

Joshua Bergmark and Ashwin Rudder

NSW Coordinators 
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