OK, this one is off topic, but you guys have to see this. Last night I spent countless hours transferring my AviSys bird records (22,500+) over to eBird, MANUALLY. Not a fun procedure, but the result is ass-kicking: all of my county, state, country, and relevant ABA/NA lists are fully up to date and shared with the entire birding community. I believe I submitted over 2,500 individual checklists to eBird at once.
Now to the point: Michigan is usually about 15th in "Most Checklists Submitted for Current Month" (visible on the right side of the eBird.org homepage). Since my upload, take a look at what place the good ole Wolverine state is in now. Watch out Texas!
2013 and beyond
It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.
2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.