With El Nino raging, and the potential for an La Nina later this year (often, but not always follows an el nino) - I thought to myself, now is the time. Now is the time to do a big year. Not only that, but it's a leap year, meaning I'll have 366 days to break records. All the records.
It's not a decision I make lightly, and I've spent time consulting with my family to ensure that everyone is on board. Many who have come before detail the hardships associated with doing a big year and the stress it can put on your day to day activities.
The majority of big-year-patrons spend considerable amount of time on the fringes of their self-inflicted areas - such as the outer islands of Alaska in an ABA big year, or the hostile
Throughout the year I may be chronicling my adventures on the blog in monthly updates - potentially with species totals and thoughts on what future months will hold. Not unlike my 2015 Condo Big Year, there will be rules. They are:
1) - I will only count birds that I see while I'm standing in Ontario
2) - Taxonomy will follow the eBird checklist, unless I decide otherwise.
3) - I will not take any trips specifically to add species to my big year
4) - I will not twitch anything
5) - It's gotta be fun
Be sure to check back as things unfold!!!