Sunday, March 11, 2012

March Madness, Birder Style

Here is the Duncraft Company's one-way mirrored bird feeder. I have a similar one, though it's not a one-way mirror. Nevertheless, Chickdees and Cardinals like these come to my window, to my great delight.

In the US, many people follow NCAA Basketball. This is the season known as “March Madness,” when the 64 top teams play each other in what to me is an incomprehensible selection process. The 64 teams get narrowed to the “Sweet 16,” and eventually, to the “Final Four,” from which a winner emerges.

People make wagers about all this.

In the Birding world, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology holds an alternate competition -  basically, a popularity contest in which birders write in and vote for their 64 most popular species, which gets voted on and narrowed down , and so on.

It’s great fun.  If you’re interested in participating, just go to their website:

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