Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The BIGBY (green birding) movement

Several Montreal-area birders started doing a Big Green Big Year (BIGBY) in 2008. While the definition of a BIGBY can be rather fluid, it focuses on birders reducing their carbon footprint while familiarizing themselves with their local patch of land.

In my case, I am now in my third year of keeping track of the birds I see while walking from my home in south central Indiana, near the Indiana University cross country course (grasslands) and some forested hills just to the north. The principal piece of ground I focus on is about 260 acres. So far this year I have recorded 152 species of birds on those 260 acres. In 2009 I had recorded 184 species by the end of the year.

Here are a couple of informational items about BIGBYing:

BIGBY informational web page: http://bit.ly/bGUVxi
BIGBY newsletter: http://bit.ly/aXrd7e
BIGBY e-mail list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bigbybirding/

And here are four brief articles I've written about my BIGBY experiences for the newsletter of my local Audubon Society chapter here in southern Indiana. Note: the URL takes you to the newsletter issue as a whole. You will need to scroll down to the applicable page number.

In My Backyard: Big Green Big Year Satisfies. The Leaflet (newsletter). January/February 2009. ARTICLE ON PAGE 5.

Big Green Big Year — 2008 Summary of Four Experiences. The Leaflet (newsletter). March/April 2009. ARTICLE ON PAGE 6.

Big Green Big Year 2009: It’s All About Location, Location, Location. The Leaflet (newsletter). July/August 2009. ARTICLE ON PAGE 8.

Green Birding 2009. The Leaflet (newsletter). January/February 2010. ARTICLE ON PAGE 8.

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