Hey all - here's the scoop on "Warbler War 2010". For those of you new to the blog since we last had our Fall 09 Warbler War I think you'll catch on...
This is how it has worked - 1 pt for each warbler seen, 2 pts for seeing the first of spring and 3 points if at the end of the competition you are the only one who has seen that particular species. At the end 3 points was awarded to the person with the highest species total.
I propose that we split the competition into 2 categories: First, a total species category in which we would all compete in equally. Winner is the one who gets the greatest # of warblers in their yard.
Second, the points portion described above would be split into 3 separate competitions based on latitude: OH/Ill, LP of MI, UP of MI. This would negate any issues we might have with our latitude discrepancies. And any of us up north can still hurl insults down south when we get stuff before they do. We would still keep track of early/late dates on the side column, but just for fun. Also, you can put your dates as comments on the actual cell when you mark the birds you've seen (this SHOULD be done if you are the first in your competition to see a species). Check the new tab on the spreadsheet to take a look.
Make sense? If you have ideas give some feedback.
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.