Birding Team to Support NH Audubon

Posted on January 4, 2016
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The 2015 Twitchers in the Rye (clockwise, Andrea Robbins, driver Becky Suomala, captain Pam Hunt, and Pat Myers). Photo by Pam Hunt.

The “Twitchers in the Rye” will be taking part in the annual Superbowl of Birding again this year and this is the time to pledge your support! All proceeds support New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird (both programs of New Hampshire Audubon’s Conservation Department).

The Superbowl is a competition that takes place on the last Saturday in January – but this Superbowl has nothing to do with football. It involves looking for as many bird species as possible in 12 hours and is run by Massachusetts Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. Teams can compete in Essex County, MA and/or Rockingham County, NH.

“When we formed our team we wanted to show people how many birds can be seen in just one town in New Hampshire,” said “Twitchers” team captain, Pamela Hunt. “We decided on Rye because of its great birding habitat and the chance for such a great name!”

This is the team’s seventh year and they are still trying to beat their first year highs of 63 species and 112 points! Rare species are worth more points than common ones, and teams are required to call in any five point birds so it can be shared with other teams. The first team to find a “5-pointer” gets bonus points.

Help spur the “Twitchers” on by pledging an amount per species or per point — and support the collection of bird data for conservation at the same time. “When it’s below freezing and blowing a gale, pledges help keep us going – knowing each species or point will help build contributions for conservation!” said Becky Suomala. “And this year, we’ll need all the help we can get, because our regular team captain, Pam, will be in the warm, sunny south! Her shoes are tough to fill.” If you donate $100 or more you’ll receive a coaster with Pam Hunt’s fabulous custom Twitcher logo.

If you’d like to pledge, please contact Becky at rsuomala@nhaudubon.org, 603-224-9909 x 309, or pledge ONLINE. For last year’s results check the New Hampshire Bird Records WEBSITE.