A fun objective over the past few years has been to set new records in green big day birding. This is a big day (birding midnight to midnight), trying to see as many species as possible without using fossil fuels. Some people do this on foot, but a bike is often key to covering a broad swath of habitats. Check out this site for some guidelines about what defines a green big day, or big year, or big sit.
Last Spring, Josiah Clark, Andy Kleinhesselink, and I were ecstatic to realize that we has set a new record for the US (and the whole northern hemisphere), by seeing 181 species in northern California. A few weeks later we realized that a Texas team of Ron Weeks and John Hale actually tied that record as well, on the same day!
So this spring we’re at it again, with a revamped route with a lot of potential and some great new habitat. We’ll see what happens.