Friday, May 15, 2009

World Series of Birding: Friday

For many years, WildBird has sponsored a team in the annual World Series of Birding. Within 24 hours, birders compete with each other to identify as many species as possible by sight and sound within New Jersey state lines.

Some teams, such as WildBird's team, restrict their scavenger hunt to a limited geographic area. Zen Zugunruhe, our four-man team, sticks to Cape Island, south of the Cape May canal at the bottom of the Jersey peninsula.

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The point of this exercise: raise funds for conservation groups by obtaining pledges per identified species. The teams might generate hundreds and thousands of dollars for the conservation groups of their choice.

I get to attend the event as a corporate sponsor. Zen Zugunruhe has their routine down, so I stay out of their way and do my own thing. This year, I enjoyed the company of a New York birder, Catherine Hamilton, also known as birdspot on Twitter.

Our visit to Cape May marked Catherine's first time to this migration mecca on the Atlantic flyway. I enjoyed introducing her to the various sites, such as

Cape May Point State Park

Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach

and The Beanery/Rea Farm

Our quick visits to these sites on Friday afternoon whet Catherine's appetite for Saturday's explorations. Already, she was talking about returning to Cape May in future months. Bwa-ha-ha-haaaa!



Blogger Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Susan (Susan Gets Native), Kathi (Katdoc), Delia (Beginning to Bird)and Laura (Somewhere in NJ) met and birded at Cape May last October. What a blast. Your pictures brought back wonderful memories.

May 15, 2009 5:20 PM  
Blogger John said...

Once you acquire a taste for birding at Cape May, it's hard not to go back.

May 15, 2009 6:38 PM  
Blogger OpposableChums said...

I trust the concrete ship was as reliable for Purple Sandpipers as it has been in the past.

Another World Series of Birding stalwart: the Snow Goose on Lily Pond, unable to fly, has "earned" thousands of dollars for the conservation coffers.

May 17, 2009 2:59 PM  

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