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MOU Members: The first half of my article A Big Year in Washington County is now available to read in the January/February edition of MN Birding News.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

More State Park Big Year Statistics

Core Stats:

Total Different State Parks Visited: 10 of 73

Total Trips to State Parks: 12

Miles Hiked: 22

Species Seen: 32

Hottest Parks...
Whitewater: 17 species (1 visit)
Afton: 14 species (3 visits)

Odd Statistics:

State Waysides Visited: 0 of 9
Waterfalls Seen in State Parks: 0
Fire Towers Climbed: 0 of 5

Mammals Identified: 4 (Red Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Coyote, Fox Squirrel)
Wildflowers Identified: 0

Pre-2018 Statistics

Total State Parks Visited: 9 (8 Bird Watching)
Life State Park Total: 174 (152 in 2017)


Total Parks will be the number of parks I have visited since the first day of 2018.

Total Trips will be the number of times I've gone to any State Park in 2018 to bird watch and hike. Meaning multiple trips are expected for some parks close to home and those with a very large number of trails to explore like Itasca and St. Croix.

Miles Hiked is pretty obvious, the number of miles covered by foot when birding at the State Parks.

Species Seen will be the total number of species observed in all State Park visits to date.

I may add other statistics as they come into view during the big year, such as highest count single eBird list from any park. Park with the highest species count observed, my money would be on Afton or William O'Brien considering my personal proximity to them.

Maybe gee wiz numbers like miles driven or hours driven during the year to lend perspective to how much of an effort it is to do this amount of birding in a year.

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