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  • John Ayres
    CENTRAL COAST BIRDING RALLY ADDS NON-COMPETITIVE VENUE A non-competitive Hobby Class Rally has been added to this year s event scheduled for October 3-5.
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 3, 2003
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      CENTRAL COAST BIRDING RALLY ADDS NON-COMPETITIVE VENUE



      A non-competitive Hobby Class Rally has been added to this year's event scheduled for October 3-5. Everything else remains the same. It is friendly and it is fun. It caters to all levels of experience. It is free.



      Participants in the new venue will bird three Central Coast Birding Trail sites to add to the composite rally bird list while at the same time looking for a targeted trail specialty bird at each site: a Heerman's Gull at Ocean Park, an Oak Titmouse at Miguelito Park and a Wrentit at La Purisima Mission. All species must be seen. Prize to members of all teams that see the three birds.



      A rally reception with hors d'oeuvres and a raffle will be held Friday evening. The rally itself will be held Saturday morning, the Hobby Class in the Lompoc Valley and the Open Class in the Santa Maria Valley. In the afternoon a Santa Maria style bar-b-cue with an auction of birding related items will be held at Los Alamos County Park. On Sunday, a Big Site will take place at Nojoqui Falls County Park with a beverage and grilled hot dogs being served around noon. All of these scheduled events are free.



      The Rally is part of La Purisima Audubon's continuing effort to promote the northern Santa Barbara County portion of the Central Coast Birding Trail. For more information about the rally, check out: http://lpas.westhost.com/rally/ . While you are at it, also check out the Central Coast Birding Trail website: http://lpas.westhost.com/CCBT/ . While still a work in progress, we hope to eventually make it the most informative trail website in the country. We welcome your comments about the existing site and ideas for future additions.



      John Ayres

      Rally Chairman

      La Purisima Audubon


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    • John Ayres
      Central Coast Birding Rally Results [Saturday, October 4] Open Class {three Santa Maria Valley trail sites} 1st Place - Mike Stiles, Tom Edell, Bill Bouton and
      Message 2 of 6 , Oct 7, 2003
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        Central Coast Birding Rally Results [Saturday, October 4]

        Open Class {three Santa Maria Valley trail sites}
        1st Place - Mike Stiles, Tom Edell, Bill Bouton and Brad Schram from San Luis Obispo County [100 species]
        2nd Place - Brad Hines, Dave Compton, Becky Hoban and Wes Fritz from Santa Barbara County [96 species]
        3rd Place - Guy Tingos, Betsy Moles, Joan Hardie and Peter Gaede from Santa Barbara [88 species]

        Hobby Class {three Lompoc Valley trail sites}
        1st Place - Carol Langford, Babette LaWall, Dee Lyon and Andi Packard from Ventura County [71 species]
        2nd Place - Lindsay and Hal Wahlborg, John Vickers and Beth Dunn from Lompoc [66 species]
        3rd Place - Leslie Mosson, Pat Wells, Lucy De Jonge, and Betty Farrell from San Luis Obispo County [54 species]

        Olga Barraza of Lompoc won the prize for most life birds with sixteen.
        Jerry and Lenny Grant of Buellton found all three trail target species in the non-competitive rally.

        137 species were recorded during the five hour rally including a Prothonotary and a Prairie Warbler.

        In all, fourteen teams participated with participants coming from as far away as Lake Elsinore and Redlands.

        John Ayres
        Rally Chairman
        LPAS, Lompoc, CA

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      • Paul Keller
        Come join fellow birders for all or part of the Central Coast Birding Rally this October 8-10 in northern Santa Barbara County. Register now with your team,
        Message 3 of 6 , Oct 2, 2004
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          Come join fellow birders for all or part of the Central Coast Birding Rally
          this October 8-10 in northern Santa Barbara County. Register now with your
          team, Experienced or Novice, or come stag and hook up with a team at the
          rally. Fee of $5 covers the cost of the Saturday BBQ. Yes, the winning
          teams get a prize, though most participants will be out to enjoy the company
          of birds and birders. For complete details, visit
          <http://lpas.westhost.com/rally/index.htm>.
          Mike Taaffe, La Purisima Audubon Society President
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