We have tallies through February for many of the eight folks involved in the Meadowlands Big Year.
Congrats to all for competing. We hope you are having fun close to home, and seeing lots of great birds.
Keep in mind that some birders are in the Meadowlands all the time, and others get here occasionally, so their birdage may differ.
(These are unofficial numbers, and obviously change all the time.)
If you're name's not on the list, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. It's not too late to participate!
Here is the leader board, with the January total in parentheses):
1. Chris Takacs: 76 secies (67 as og Jan. 31, lives in district; counting birds within district boundaries, not district towns)
1. Julie McCall: 76 (66 species, lives in district)
3. Mike Newhouse 72, (66, NJMC naturalist, setting a target number for competitors)
4. Jim Wright 70 (54, NJMC staff, ineligible)
5. Doug Morel: 67 (53, out of district)
6. Ray Duffy: 66 (51, lives in district)
7. Ramon and Lillian of West New York: 55 (40 species, out of district)
8. Dennis Cheeseman: 52 (31, out of district)
Have not heard from one birder … Still time for any to join the fun!