Saturday, February 17, 2007

"Great Tassie Twitch" Results

John & Shirley Tongue report:
The GTT has been run and won for 2006/7. After thinking that registering 5 teams would be a great result, we ended up with 13 teams and 43 participants. After publicity from the ABC and Mercury, we had enquiries from around the state, and eventually had teams from Grove, Westerway, Lauderdale and Hobart.
The overall event was won by the "Rate of Knots" team (Lachie Clark, Mike Bysouth, Andrew Meyles and Cynthia Sleight Meyles), with 103 species. Second was "The Coot and More Hens" team, with 74, next was "The Mangling Magpies Muggers Monstersions", with 61, and then in order, "The Jenny-wrens", "The Couch-grass Graziers", "The Pied Finches", "The Northside Tattlers", "The Warriga Warblers" and " The Blue-wrens". The organizers team, "The White-fronted Chat-terboxes" (the Tongue Family) came in with a creditable 100 species, but had to be disqualified, due to a speeding ticket!
Don and Sue Knowler won the "Armchair Twitchers" award , with 28 species from their home. The most raptors were seen by "The Two Charlies", with 5 on Bruny Island. "The Multicultural Tasmania" award, (most migratory waders) went to "Rate of Knots", with 4 species, and "Save Ralph's Bay " award to "The Pied Finches", with 12 species seen in and around Ralph's Bay. Other awards (really only certificates) were presented as well, at the follow up BBQ.
Around $250 was raised for the "Save Ralph's Bay" cause, but more importantly, participants had lots of fun.

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