Update: The plans for 2020 have been adjusted.
In 2020 I’ll be participating in the Great Canadian Birdathon! But I’ll be doing it a bit differently than how most do.
Typically in the birdathon, you choose a 24-hour period to go out and find as many bird species as you can.
But for this year I’m doing something different. I’m going to do audio recordings of as many species’s songs and vocalizations on bird breeding territories as I can. This means adjusting the format a bit: rather than determining a 24-hour period and hoping the weather is good for recording (it probably won’t be!) I’ll instead do up to 24 hours of recordings throughout the spring & summer – whenever the conditions are right and I have time available and the birds are around to sing.
The locations will depend on what’s safe to access, and open; COVID-19 has closed many areas that will likely reopen as the months progress. As usual I’ll be recording alone and generally as far away from people as possible to minimize recording disturbances so distancing is not a concern.
Recordings made will be used to create new episodes in a future season of Songbirding. Some recordings might be used sooner, we’ll see as it goes.
You can donate at: https://www.canadahelps.org/s/etaaq