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North Coast Open - just 2 weeks away!

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    Posted: 07 May 2017 at 3:02am
The Toledo Naturalists' Association will host the 23rd annual North Coast Open birding competition this year on May 19 and 20.  The competition covers Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie Counties, which collectively have many of the top birding sites in the state:  the Oak Openings, Magee Marsh, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Metzger Marsh, Maumee Bay State Park, Pickerel Creek, Pipe Creek, and Sheldon Marsh, among many others.   

If you're looking for a cure for the Biggest Week hangover/withdrawal, or just need another excuse to get back out to the lakeshore in May, this is it!  Breeders should all be back on territory, migrants should still be plentiful, and this is prime time for goodies like Connecticut Warbler and Olive-sided Flycatcher. 

Teams compete in a variety of divisions:  Junior, Senior, Open, Freestyle (ideal for families with little kids), and Human-Powered.  The overall winner is awarded the prestigious Peregrine Cup.  The competition runs from 7pm Friday May 19 to 7pm Saturday May 20.  Bird all night or grab a few hours of sleep before the dawn chorus hits.  Teams must turn in their lists at the finish line at 7pm on Saturday, which this year is at Tony Packo's in East Toledo.   
  
See the "Local Birding" tab on the TNA website (toledonaturalist.org) for rules, registration, and past results.  Note that the rules vary slightly from traditional ABA Big Day rules (e.g., everyone on the team must see/hear every bird; no broadcast of tapes/recordings).  There is no fee to participate. 

Feel free to email me with any questions. 

Cheers,

Matt Kemp
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I should note the "Upcoming Events" page on the TNA website has the correct dates (May 19-20) but incorrectly states that it runs Saturday to Sunday.  In fact, it begins Friday evening at 7pm, with the countdown at 7pm Saturday. 
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NCO is one week away!  Send me your registration forms...
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