Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


During the fall, Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory operates a songbird banding station, a hawk migration count, a hawk banding station, and a monarch butterfly tagging program at Kiptopeke State Park on Virginia's Eastern Shore.  Those programs have produced invaluable data to aid in wildlife conservation and management.  Each program is staffed by a paid, highly qualified, knowledgeable and hardworking young biologist.  CVWO needs to raise funds annually to staff these positions.  The biggest fundraiser is the fall birdathon known as the Kipotpeke Challenge.  This year's challenge is on Saturday, September 25, and I plan to participate with David Clark on the Laughing Falcons team as I have done in the past.  If you have enjoyed following my Big Year on this blog, please consider making a donation to CVWO to support their work.  You can do so by clicking on the tiny CVWO link at the upper left side of this blog page above the picture of me, and following the directions given there.  Your support would help continue the important work this organization is doing.  You can read more about CVWO at their website


  1. Wish I could be there with the Laughing Falcons : (
    Of course you will have my support, both as a cheering squad and a contributor. Hope you win this year. I know you and David will have a lot of fun . . . not as exciting perhaps as the rest of your year, but fun nonetheless. And it's such a good cause. Hope to see you when you're on this side of the continent. Renee

  2. Good luck on the next pelagic! Was off Hatteras yesterday and saw just the usual stuff, but we never got really deep. I know this is a very odd idea, but if you wanted a better shot at tropicbirds and Bermuda Petrel, I think that there are cruises that go to Bermuda from Norfolk and especially Baltimore in the fall. George Armistead took one once, and Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper did as well. They saw Bermuda Petrel and tropicbirds, I believe. Not sure exactly how location/daylight works out, but at least there would be some deepwater/warm water time in the ABA Area! And these cruises get heavily discounted near sailing time. Maybe something to do with Joyce? If the timing is right, I'd love to do one of these - probably would not be in Virginia waters much, but 200 nmi east of Hatteras covers a fair bit of ocean on that route.