Congratulations to the Famed Ducks for their impressive victory over three other teams of Red Rock Audubon members participating in the 2018 Global Big Day. Brandon Miller, Ben Zyla and Jason Pietrzak identified 152 species of birds. This is the second year in a row of the friendly competition among our members that the Famed Ducks have come out on top.
As participants in the Global Big Day, teams and individuals have a 24 hour period in which they identify and record as many species of birds as possible. As the name implies, this is an international event in which 2018 saw 29,866 people from around the world identified 6,963 species. Colombia led the world with 1,546 species while the United States reported 717.
Second place winners were the Gambelin' Quails - Angel Poe, Paul Rodriguez and Justin Streit - who identified 140 species. The Old Coots, Rita Schlageter, Neil McDonal and Karen McDonal identified 110 species earning third place. The fourth place team, Crow Magnum, recorded 104 species through the efforts of Doug Chang and David McMullin.
Two other Red Rock Audubon members also took part in the 2018 Global Big Day as individuals. David Walker identified 78 species of birds while Darlene Feener recorded 76 species.
Red Rock Audubon members led the state of Nevada as the top TEN individuals for sighting bird species. Our members are unsurpassed in this state in their commitment to birds. Yeah, we rock.
Special thanks to Jane Taylor and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve for remaining open two hours past the normal closing time to accommodate Global Big Day participants. Your commitment to the local birding community is greatly appreciated. Nancy Chang enjoyed riding shotgun on the bird mobile with Jane.