Since publishing the first notice of our new Challenge, I have had a good response from a number of people. This has prompted me to sit down and set out the rules that will apply to the new competition.
As previously stated, the competition will apply to the Southern Africa Birding Region; i.e. all of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique south of the Zambezi river. Since we are talking about the whole region, pelagic birding will be included.
The period will be from 1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020 (you get an extra day with next year being a Leap Year!)
There will be an entry fee of R25 per participant, payable by EMT to the Club account with your name and Ch as reference. (e.g. R Hazell Ch).
In order to cater for all levels of birder and degrees of anticipated travel, there will be three sections; The A Section which will aim to achieve 450 species or more; The B Section which will aim for 300 species or more, and; The C Section which will aim for 150 species or more. Once you have entered a section, you will not be allowed to alter your choice. There will be winners in each section, e.g. if a person enters C and achieves 350 birds they will probably win that section, but will not be eligible for the next section up even if the winner of that section has only 300 birds.
Birds may be identified by sound provided the entrant has previously seen the bird in question.
Members wishing to participate (and who have probably started their lists already) must please let me know, either via this site, or by email to email@example.com asap stating their choice of Section. I will publish a list of participants on this site.
Please keep your own bird lists, either on the list previously supplied, or elsewhere. I am still undecided as to exactly how we will collate the results, as with 950 species we will be dealing with a very large dataset. In the meantime honesty must prevail. We will report our totals on a quarterly basis.
Since there are so many birds, there will only be one point per bird, so the highest number of species will win, irrespective of rarity.
THIS IS A COMPETITION DESIGNED TO GET ALL CLUB MEMBERS INVOLVED. YOU ARE BIRDERS OR YOU WOULD NOT HAVE JOINED OUR CLUB, SO PLEASE ENTER AND ENJOY THE STIMULATION AND LEARNING THAT THE EVENT IS INTENDED TO ACHIEVE. ENTERING WILL GIVE YOU THE INCENTIVE TO KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH YOU WILL ENJOY PARTICIPATING ONCE YOU START!