Sunday, May 24, 2020

Big Day Birding in a Snowstorm

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

Big Day 2020 was not what the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's birders (aka Team Sapsucker) pictured when they envisioned a day of birding in upstate New York in May."But it was" Team Sapsucker reports, "nothing short of amazing."
For the first time, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Team Sapsucker brought Big Day to our own backyard, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Despite average highs typically creeping up above 70 degrees this time of year, Team Sapsucker instead faced a highly unusual May snowstorm! 
In this short video (1 m 22 s) is a recap of Team Sapsucker's day in a decent snowstorm or24 hours of birding in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State--midnight to midnight. 
So did they meet their goal? I'm not saying! 

Here is a list of the species seen/heard and the number sighted.And for informaton about the Lab of Ornithology's Big Day bird count, the press release about it explains all.

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