HMBC field trip reminder - May 15
Saturday, May 15, CENTURY RUN (NYS Region 8; all day)
Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@...
This Saturday, the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is holding the 76th annual Guy Bartlett Century Run, an event in which birders try to find as many species of birds as they can in a 24-hour period within the 11-county HMBC area (New York State Ornithological Association Region 8). A good Century Run (so named for the goal of reaching a “century”, or at least 100 species) calls for proper planning to hit a wide variety of habitats at the right time. Coverage can include the whole HMBC area (Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Greene, and Columbia counties) or can be limited to a smaller geographic area – a single county, town, etc. You decide where you want to go – and at what pace – to see what you can find.
Reports should be emailed to the compiler by May 24th, in order to be counted and published in the Club newsletter Feathers. Reports should include a list and count of total species observed, hours afield, team members, and geographical areas (counties) covered. Also, please send an email to the HMBirds group (https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/messages) with the total number of species observed and highlights for your group.
COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Should you choose to participate in the Century Run on Saturday, May 15th, your safety and the safety of the community are of the utmost importance. Please follow all current New York State Executive Order directives and public health guidelines while out birding. You could also consider visiting some of the less-birded locations in the club’s 11-county area, particularly more remote or rural parts of Schenectady, Schoharie, Greene, Columbia, Washington, Fulton, Warren, Rensselaer, and Montgomery counties. An added bonus to visiting these areas could be to fill in some blank spaces in the latest New York State Breeding Bird Atlas effort.