Sunday 17 September 2017

Checking in on my Nature Goals

In January, I made a list of Nature Goals I would like to achieve in 2017. With two and a half months to go, I decided to see how I am doing with them, and which ones I have to try harder at.

Here we go!

1. Observe 57 new species to get my life list up to 300.

So far this year I have seen 37 new species, so I am still a bit off from my goal. I wrote a blog post about this about a month ago.

2. See a Prothonotary Warbler.

3. Go birding in 100 new spots.

When I made this goal, I wasn't really thinking about how I would keep track of it. If I had to make an educated guess, I'd say that I have achieved this goal, or am very close to achieving it.

4. See all 5 Great Lakes

It looks like I will have to settle for seeing four of the five. I'll see Lake Michigan one day!

5. Hand feed a Gray Jay.

Success! So far I have fed at least one on all my trips (2) to Algonquin this year.

6. Complete the 100 species Challenge at Point Pelee in one day.

I finally did it! Here is a cheesy little video that for some reason I thought was a good idea to make.

7. See/Hear Wolves

I have yet to hear them, but I did see one running across the road in Algonquin.

8. Find a rare....anything!

I certainly have found some uncommon stuff, and a few local rarities, but I have yet to find something big!

9. Volunteer at a banding station.

Nothing yet, but right now we are in the early stages of me helping out with banding at Hawk Cliff.

10. Complete a "Weekend Big Year"

So far, so good!

I can't wait to see what the rest of 2017 has in store!


  1. One of these days you will find a rarity! Just luck I guess, although some seem to have more luck than others.
    Been some time since I have found a mega rarity!

    1. Now that you said that, you're going to look out your window and see a Bahama Mockingbird on your birdbath! :-)

      I think HOSP in Algonquin counts as Mega!

    2. I did find a Sage Thrasher once, looking out my window. (It is on the bedroom window list!)

    3. It took me about twelve years of birding to find my first mega, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. That was two years ago.

  2. That is a bird that you would think would occur more frequently. I'm surprised that there aren't any records from the past couple years, especially with all the weird things showing up!

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    1. Thanks! I bet you have done some cool things too!