As you may know I am a birder. You also may know that I lead a birdwatching group every Saturday morning. Then I can remind you that it's Canada's 150th birthday this year. The birthday is July 1.
Now when some random chaotic thinker like me puts these things together I can come up with some odd ball ideas. So a few months ago I told you that I had a project for people to find 150 bird species in this region for the celebration of Canada's birthday. The area was defined by the Central Alberta Bird Trail map https://birdingtrailsalberta.com/. If you're interested google and you will find a down loadable map. You will also find reported species that have been observed in the area.
Well, happy surprise. Our 150th bird was reported May 20.
When I started the project I had no idea how long it would take. To finish in 5 months was a pleasant surprise. There are many very keen birders in the area and they got in the swing of things and reported everything they saw. I had to check to see that the species hadn't already been reported and then record date, location and reporter. I met some new birders on line and I'm sure they will show up in some of our groups.
Now we will continue counting species until the end of 2017.
All photos gleefully stolen from the Red Deer Naturalist's face book page.