Kristy, Twitchathon team leader
On Sunday 30 October, Taronga Western Plains Zoo entered two teams in the 2011 Twitchathon. A Twitchathon involves people working in teams to identify as many different bird species as they can within 24 hours.
One team travelled to the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran to ’twitch’, finding 60 different species across a variety of habitats.
The second team did their twitching within the Zoo grounds and managed to find over 50 species in only five hours. We could be recognised by our funky binoculars and clip boards as we moved through the Zoo finding birds!
The Twitchathon serves as a great reminder of how lucky we are to have such a diversity of wildlife within our local areas, including wild birds within our Zoo grounds. It also raised money and awareness, through Birds Australia, to support a Project Officer to help monitor Powerful Owl populations.