Extreme Birding With Cornell’s Marshall Iliff

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Courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

On May 3, a group of scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will hit the road for what can only be described as a 24-hour “birdathon” known as Big Day. The team will attempt to identify as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period. This year, the team’s route will take it from Arizona to California. It sounds crazy, but the scientists have done it before. Below, team member Marshall Iliff talks about the Big Day and how you can help support a great cause.

What is Big Day 2014?
Big Days — called “bird races” in Europe and “twitch-a-thons” in Australia — are a midnight-to-midnight effort by a team to identify, by sight or sound, as many bird species as possible in a single 24-hour period. They test a bird watcher’s ability to know bird habitats and habits, to identify them in…

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