Daily Archives: July 10, 2013

Big Year Totals at the Halfway Mark

DSCN9973Here are the tallies as of June 30  in the Meadowlands Big Year for 2013.

Congrats to all for competing. We hope you are having fun near 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 drastically.

If you’re name’s not on the list, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. It’s still not too late! Sign up now!

Here is the leader board as of June 30:

1. Chris Takacs: 178, (2012 reigning champion, ineligible for prizes
in 2013 as a result, lives in district)
2. Mike Newhouse 176 (NJMC, setting a target number for competitors.)
3. Ray Duffy, 167 (in district)
4. Jackie DeMarco, 155 (out of district)
5. Mike Wolfe,  141 species (out of district)
6. Dennis Cheeseman, 136 (out of district)
7. Jim Wright,  131  (NJMC staff, ineligible for prizes)
8. Mike Turso 126 (out of district)
9. Oliver Stringham, 113  (in district)
10. Julie McCall, 113 (in district)
11.  Roy Woodford 112 (out of district)
12. Rob Fanning 108  (out of district)

The leader board as of May 31 follows.

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Teaser Answered


Our latest Teaser subjectt can be seen on the Kingsland Overlook in DeKorte Park. We know it as Western Salsify, but it’s also called Goats Beard.

Congrats to Deedee Burnside and    Trudy Gerlach for providing the right answer!

More on Goat’s-Beard or Goatsbeard (it is spelled many ways) here.