Editor, The Times:
I am hoping this might be of interest to you and your readers.
I am participating in the Baillie Birdathon, the oldest sponsored bird count in North America.
We are raising money for bird research and conservation.
The challenge is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period during the month of May.
The money raised benefits Bird Studies Canada, the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, participating migration monitoring and conservation organizations.
More than 7000 people from across Canada (and from several other countries around the world) participate and/or sponsor the Birdathon every year.
The team I belong to (created by the B.C. Breeding Atlas) is called The Un Twitchables. There are five of us on this team that hail from various areas throughout B.C.
I will be doing my count soon, most likely from Heffley Creek to Little Fort. Being as I need to spend the night outdoors I am waiting for a bit nicer weather.
Participants can be sponsored by a dollar amount per species, or a lump sum.
I’ve been checking out my proposed area and hope to count at least 100-plus species.
This link is for my own personal fundraising page for the Baillee Birdathon (each team member has their own page): http://birdscanada.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1097743&lis=1&kntae1097743=772F4D3D0F054247B9584FCFAA681AB5&team=5922688
This link is the “Home Page” for the Baillie Birdathon: http://birdscanada.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1097743&lis=1&kntae1097743=772F4D3D0F054247B9584FCFAA681AB5
Sherry L. Lidstone