Anous Ontario Team: John Brett, Stu Mackenzie, Jody Allair, Christian Friis.
Anous broke three BIG DAY records this past spring: Ontario, Alberta, and Canada. Big Days are the ultimate birding competition, in which birders use all their skills and endurance to find as many species as possible in a single calendar day. On May 26, Anous took the form of the Long Point Bird Observatory “Cygnus Crusaders” found an incredible 204 species – beating the previous Ontario Big Day record of 200 species set in 1999. The following week on June 4, the “Cypress Hills” team tallied a whopping 226 species, a new Alberta Big Day record. This total also broke the Canadian record of 218 species set in Alberta in 2011. Both of these Big Day outings were combined with Bird Studies Canada’s fundraising efforts. Visit the Baillie Birdathon website to sponsor the Cygnus Crusaders or the Cypress Hills and receive a complete summary of their efforts.
You can read summaries of all Anous BIG DAYS in our BIG DAY archives – http://anous.org/anous-big-days-2/