Fantasy Birding?

Hi.  It’s been awhile since I last blogged, huh?  Z Bird World HQ moved a few months back, and there’s been a lot of work renovating the premises.  That, plus a tour, the normal requirements of life, my general disdain for blogging, etc. have kept me away, but I hope to get back to a slightly less irregular but still irregular publishing schedule.

Anyway, I just had a thought that it might be possible to set up a fantasy birding league based on eBird submissions.  (OK, yes, I know real birding is way better than fantasy birding.  No need to bring that up.)  I don’t have any real firm ideas about how it would work, but perhaps it could be a big year-style competition with each player picking a general location for each week of the year.  Any birds reported from that location for that week would get counted towards the player’s year list.

I’m sure the idea has problems.  For starters, I’m not sure how easy it would be to make something like this work, and maybe there isn’t that much interest in vicarious birding.  While fantasy baseball is huge, I found only one fantasy birding league in a quick internet search.  But maybe it would work.  Or maybe not.

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