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Why we need twitchers
Keen and experienced birders are sometimes called ‘twitchers’. A small proportion of twitchers can go to extraordinary lengths to see as many different bird species as possible, and in as many different situations, regions and countries. There are a great many variations on what an individual twitcher wants to see but it usually involves personal pleasure or challenge, and not necessarily, though sometimes, a sense of competition.
Often it can be a sociable "fun thing", such as happens with our Birds Queensland Twitchathons. However, the Birds Queensland Twitchathon is primarily aimed at raising funds (through sponsorships) to be used to fund avian research. In addition, most of our team contestants just love to see birds in their natural habitat AND enjoy each other's company with a common goal.
Twitching has other important side benefits in that keen twitchers usually become experienced bird observers, skilled at identifying many bird species under all sorts of weather conditions. We try and include new birders and young birders so that there is maximum benefit from the Twitchathon. Twitchathon participants are most suitable people to assist with the conduct of bird population surveys. Their reliable observations yield the vital data required to indicate whether bird biodiversity is at risk and whether degradation of bird habitats is putting a given species under threat.
The Birds Queensland Twitchathon
The Birds Queensland Twitchathon 2013The 2013 Birds Queensland Twitchathon will be held 25-27 October and details are as follows:
The 2013 categories can be found on the Rules and Entry
Form download – see below.
Before the twitch you need to advise your team name, team leader’s name
and contact details to the Twitchathon Co-ordinator.
After the twitch, please phone in your results to the Co-ordinator as soon as
possible and then mail your result sheets and sponsorship money or direct credit
details immediately after that.
You'll need to download the
Rules and Entry form (pdf 87 KB),
a Sponsorship form (pdf 67 KB)
and the B.Q Twitch Recording Form (pdf 75 KB).
Here's hoping you enjoy the twitch, get the maximum number of sponsors you can and have a heap of fun.