2nd. Birdwatching Marathon in San Quintín


The marathon will be held at the 4th. San Quintín Bay Bird Festival and is a healthy and fun competence in which people and birdwatchers go out in search of the highest quantity of bird species they are able to spot during a delimited time lapse. The winning team is the one who registers -visually or in audio- the highest amount of bird species during the given time lapse.

This activity is a great opportunity for nature and bird lovers who’d like to spend a pleasant and fun time learning more about the birds in San Quintín Bay.

Categories

Beginners

  • For this category, the marathon will be held from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm on December 8 during the festival’s oceanfront party.
  • The teams will be up to 3 members and will have the support of a bird guide (4 in total).
  • Each team will be given a printed list of the common birds in the area.
  • Each team will have a leader who has the responsibility of helping out those with lesser experience on the identification and registration of bird species and give the list to the judges at 3:00 pm.
  • All participants must observe or hear at least 90% of the species recorded by the team.
  • Each team must write down the place, date, starting hour and end of their watching, and the estimated distance of the route. The omission of one of these data in the listing may result in disqualification.
  • All teams must remain together at all times; not doing so may result in disqualification.

Advanced

  • For this category, the marathon starts on December 6 at 5:00 pm and ends on December 8 at 1:00 pm.
  • This category will be open for individual, teams or couples. Members must not be over 4.
  • Each team will be given a printed list of the common birds in the area.
  • Each team will have a leader who will be in charge of the registration of bird species and handing the list to the judges at 3:00.
  • All participants must observe or hear at least 90% of the recorded species by the team.
  • Each team must write down the place, date, starting hour and end of the observation, in addition to the estimated route distance. The omission of one of these data in the listing may result in disqualification.
  • All teams must remain together at all times; not doing so may result in disqualification.

How can I register?

The marathon has NO REGISTRATION COST and is open for people from all ages to participate.

All persons and teams willing to participate must contact Jonathan Vargas via email jonathan@terrapeninsular.org and send the following information:

  •         Name of the team
  •         Leader and participants full name
  •         Email
  •         Cellphone number
  •         Participating category

*There will also be a registration stand available at the inauguration of the 4th. San Quintín Bay Bird Festival on Wednesday December 6 starting from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Molino Viejo restaurant.

Awards ceremony

  • The ceremony will be held on December 8 at 4:00 pm in La Chorera.
  • The winning team or person will be selected by the jury (experts).
  • In the case that any specie is of difficult identify, therefore requiring more evaluation time, it will be discarded from the list, to avoid affecting the event’s itinerary
  • The first places of each category will be symbolically awarded
  • The winning team or person will be the one counting with the highest amount of bird species recorded.
  • Each participant will receive via email a digital participation certificate after the event.

Observation techniques

  • Prior to the marathon it is recommended to read the code of ethics of the American Birding Association.
  • All participants will be able to plan their route freely, as long as they stay inside of the bay area and its surroundings.
  • It is permitted to use any kind of terrestrial or aquatic vehicle, as long as it doesn’t affects the ecosystem (cars, ATV, boats, Kayaks, bicycles, etc.) that does not alter the natural order or interfere with the daily activities of the community and other participants.
  • Each participant can use binoculars, telescopes, bird guides and photographic camera during the marathon.
  • The group that adds bird species to the list that had not been faithfully registered and engage in any malpractice will be expelled from the competition.
  • All species must be observed in the wildlife. The species under captivity do not count.
  • In case of spotting a rare species, it will be necessary to present auditory or photographic evidence. Or at least to present a precise description of the bird, its behavior and type of habitat and any information that may serve the judges in the validation of the observation.
  • No recordings or audio players can be used, only imitations of sounds and calls, as long as they do not represent a danger or disturbance to the bird (for instance, when facing a predator). This practice remains forbidden when facing a highly vulnerable bird species.
  • Given the case of finding species under breeding season (nesting or with nestlings), the species should not be disturbed and avoid creating any disturbance that endangers the viability of the brood and/or nestlings. Avoid the use of calls.
  • Recordings may be used only to validate a specie, but not to call it.

Birdwatching area


Winners

1st. Birdwatching Marathon in San Quintín 2017

  •         Date: December 9, 2017
  •         Beginners category: 1st. place: Los Padres team: 18 species
  •         Advanced category: 1st. place: Roberto Pineda, 54 species

1st. Birdwatching Marathon in Ensenada 2018

  •         Date: March 10, 2018
  •         Beginners category: 1st. place: Los Nevados team, 47 especies
  •         Advanced category: 1st. place: Roberto Pineda, 66 species