The Bayou Birding Bon Temps is a statewide birding event that promotes birding in Louisiana and develops checklists for birding sites.
Who: Everyone is encouraged to participate.
When: April 1 - April 30, 2013
Where: Birding trail sites, National Wildlife Refuges, and Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas
Louisiana has a long tradition of nature study with ornithological giants such as Catesby, Wilson, and Audubon exploring the Louisiana Purchase. The Pelican State is rich in bird abundance and diversity with a stalwart community of birdwatchers. Louisiana’s birding largesse primarily is enjoyed by residents whereas neighboring states have promoted their natural heritage successfully as a tourist draw.
In the last few years, birding trails were developed for Louisiana. This is an excellent resource for both residents and visitors. The Bayou Birding Bon Temps will promote our birding trails with residents and visitors with a statewide birding competition. Further, we will use eBird.org to enter checklists by birding trail site. These checklists will provide valuable information for visitors curious about what has been seen where and when. This is precisely the information birders want to know while planning a birding trip.
In addition to the birding trails, Louisiana's Wildlife Management Areas (1.4 million acres) and U.S. National Wildlife Refuges (600,000 acres) are included as event locations.
Because Louisiana is a large and diverse state, the Bayou Birding Bon Temps will be divided into three regions: Northern Interior, Southern Interior, and Coastal.
This is a classic big day restricted to Louisiana. We recommend you review and follow the American Birding Association Big Day Count Rules.
Single day and total period divisions
This category will be the most beneficial for developing location checklists. Choose a location and bird it for a day or the whole month. The location within each region with the most species takes the bragging rights.
(total period location count)
This category is for the explorers. The participant that enters checklists for the most locations wins.
(Random birding trail location, all entries from location eligible for drawing)
A little something extra.
The following rules will help guide participants of the Bayou Birding Bon Temps. Participants should be familiar with and comply with the following rules. Participants should also be familiar with ABA's Code of Ethics.
We will extract the eBird data for the month of April on May 1.
Birding is about accuracy and honesty. If participants personally observe other participants violating the rules or spirit of the birding code of ethics, they may file a protest. This protest may result in the expulsion of the participants from current and future Bayou Birding Bon Temps events.
This event is free and open to the public. Bragging rights are there for the taking.
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