Have you ever been a part of a worldwide event that made a difference to a cause you believe in? This is your chance! The Global Big Day will allow you to make a difference by sharing your backyard birds while at the same time someone is doing the exact same thing in Australia and someone else in Sweden. Let me break the Big Day down for you so you can see how much fun and important it is being part of a worldwide effort to learn more about birds.
May 5, 2018 ……….. All day ………….24 hours or 10 minutes………... You get the picture. Mark it on your calendar.
When referred to in birding, a life list is a list of all the birds you have identified in your time as a bird watcher. Each bird on your list is considered a “lifer” and is the reason for "The Big Year" which I will discuss in an upcoming blog. Some people have a list that represents the birds they’ve seen in their back yard and some have a list that encompasses all the birds they have seen worldwide. Some folks keep a journal by the window while others have a series of spreadsheets to track each location, region, and country they have visited. For most birders today, the truth lands somewhere in between where both electronic and hand written lists are used. A great many people regret not having started their life list sooner for various reasons, some as simple as forgetting when or where birds were sighted. The important thing is to START!
My list goes back to college in Santa Barbara when my zoology professor introduced me to the idea of a life list. I still have the entries from my first visit to Shoreline Park where the first bird to hit my list was a Brown Pelican, seen on Nov 4, 1989. I enjoy the fact that 26 years later I can see the details of that first sighting.