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  • Luke Safford
    I actually talked a little about this about a month ago with Richard Repp during a Thursday morning bird walk. I like the idea but I propose a change that
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 21, 2013
      I actually talked a little about this about a month ago with Richard Repp
      during a Thursday morning bird walk. I like the idea but I propose a change
      that makes it more like what they are doing in Texas and stays true to the
      "patch" idea.

      The idea behind this is to make a concerted effort to not use as much gas
      and to discover the birds (and birding areas) that are closer to your home.
      Thus the idea of a "patch". A patch is not supposed to be a big area. Much
      like a birding circle for a Christmas Bird Count you would have a 7.5 mile
      radius circle around your home. Thus, for each one of us our patch would
      look slightly different. Here is a website that will help you to find your
      appropriate circle for your residence:

      This will help you set up a new eBird patch:

      Here is a website that gives more info about why and what they are doing in

      A fun thing to do is to start anew in your patch for this year and post
      when you reach different milestones--50, 100, 150, etc. This will in turn
      give you a new appreciation for those birdy spots near your house.

      I was going to wait until later in the year to bring it up and doing a full
      year of this starting in Jan 2014 would be awesome. I'd be down for doing
      it earlier as well, but I do think keeping the "patch" a true "patch" is
      important and stays more true to eBird's purpose of such a category.


      On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Eric Heisey <magicman32@...>wrote:

      > **
      > Hey everyone,
      > I had an idea that I think might be a lot of fun if we can get a good
      > number of people involved. My idea is kind of copied from an Audubon
      > Society in Texas that does a competition of how many species a certain
      > member can get in a specific patch in a given amount of time (a month, a
      > year, something like that). I feel like it could be a lot of fun if we did
      > the same thing as them and competed to see who could get the most species
      > in a certain patch. The patch I had in mind is my Lower Yakima Valley patch
      > which goes from Yakima (the end of Greenway approximately, over to the edge
      > of West Valley, and to Sportsman State Park the other direction) to
      > Grandview (basically the county line) and anywhere in between Tule Road and
      > the top of Konawoc Pass. Since almost everybody lives in that general area,
      > I feel like it could be pretty easy to make this our patch (that is, if we
      > were to do it), making it very accessible to everyone and diminishing the
      > amount of driving time to get into the patch. I was thinking that we could
      > see who can get the most species of birds in that area for either every
      > month or have it until the end of the year. If we like the idea of this
      > competition enough, we could even do it next year! I would have quite the
      > head start of everyone if we did this I would assume, I've already gotten
      > 171 species in the patch this year, with my newest additions of Willow
      > Flycatcher, Tricolored Blackbird, Bobolinks, and Eastern Kingbird (all but
      > the Eastern Kingbirds were on Lateral C). If anyone is interested in my
      > idea, send me an email! I was thinking that we would do this via eBird,
      > although you non-eBirders could just tally them up on a county list. If I
      > can get maybe 5 or so people that are interested in this to email me, I
      > think we could have a great time trying to get the most species in the
      > patch!
      > Here's the link to my patch list, as well as others around the state. I am
      > currently ranked #1 in the state for my patch this year, hopefully we can
      > get some other Yakima county birders in the top 10 too!
      > http://ebird.org/ebird/site/patch?locInfo.regionCode=US-WA&locInfo.regionType=subnational1
      > If you're interested, email me and I'll figure out if there's enough
      > people to have a competition with this. I suppose that we could have a
      > prize for the winner if we do decide to do this!
      > Thanks! Eric

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