Tuesday, July 11, 2006

2006 America's Birdiest City results

The results of the sixth annual America's Birdiest City and Birdiest County competitions have been tallied!

During April and May, birders coordinated their counts during a 72-hour period and entered their results in one of 11 categories:

large coastal city and small coastal city
large inland city and small inland city
large East Coast city and large West Coast city
inland Central Flyway county and inland western county
coastal Atlantic county, coastal Gulf county and coastal Pacific county

Many groups combine the competition with their annual Birdathon efforts to raise money for conservation or education programs. As with most competitions, certain rules need to be followed, but the main objective--other than identifying as many species as possible--is having fun. Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries will coordinate the 2007 contest and provide the rules, so keep your eyes tuned to that website.

Congrats to the birders to secured bragging rights for their cities and counties!
large coastal city: Corpus Christi, Texas -- 247 species
small coastal city: Dauphin Island, Ala. -- 170
large inland city: San Antonio, Texas -- 195
small inland city: Duluth, Minn. -- 147
large East Coast city: New York, N.Y. -- 193
large West Coast city: San Diego, Calif. -- 179

inland county, Central Flyway: Bexar County, Texas -- 205 species
inland western county: Kern County, Calif. -- 247
coastal Atlantic county: Richmond County, N.Y. -- 160
coastal Gulf county: Nueces County, Texas -- 255
coastal Pacific county: Los Angeles County, Calif. -- 265

Remember to check in with these folks before April 2007!


Blogger Sheridan Coffey said...

Martin and I were lucky enough to participate in 4 of the winning counts, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, San Antonio and Bexar County. (Nueces and Bexar are the respective counties for Corpus and San Antonio) Interestingly, this was San Antonio and Bexar County's first year in the competition. We are very lucky to get a serious thunderstorm on Saturday, which caused a fallout of migrants. I encourage people to try next year. Its a lot of fun and anything that gets people out in the field is a good thing!

July 11, 2006 6:46 PM  

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