Thursday, June 20, 2013

UMLY's middle school and high school birding teams. Bet you never
thought birders could look so hardcore.
This past May, I had the privilege of once again participating in the World Series of Birding. If you haven't seen my past musings on the event, it's a 24-hour competition to identify the greatest number of birds, with the entire state of New Jersey as the playing field. I went as a driver/chaperone for a youth team from the Upper Main Line YMCA. It's been a few years since the last time I did this and the idea of being mostly in a car for roughly 24-hours straight gave me some flashbacks. In addition to the day of the event, we spend a few days before getting up at 4:00 in the morning and scouting out northern New Jersey, while getting onto an entirely different sleep schedule. By the time the competition starts, we're waking up at 7 pm and on the road from 10 pm Friday to 11 pm on Saturday.

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