We did it. We have entered the PRBO Fall Birdathon. It's an annual event that raises money for PRBO (Point Reyes Bird Observatory) research and conservation. PRBO is one of the premier conservation organizations on the west coast, and its birdathon is one of the best fall events in birding. A birdathon, by the way is a competition, or birding spree, the goal being to find as many species as possible in a 24 hour period. It's just like the big day we did back in May. Organizations and individuals can pledge a certain donation per bird species observed, say $1 or $2 per bird. We plan on finding well over 100 species (we'll see). If you think about it, this is really a car driven event: every year teams speed across Marin Co. back and forth between outer Point Reyes and the Bay, driving hundreds of miles. This is the first time, as far as we know, that a team has attempted to do this by bike. We may not get as far, but the quality of each minute of birding will be higher: on a bike you are exposed to the sounds and sights of birds around you. Who knows, its a long shot, but maybe we can beat our May big day record set last year.
In any case, I hope we can get the support of friends, family and birders who want to change business as usual and put an emphasis on green birding and birding locally. Support us at the link below: