DVOC congratulates Barb Bassett, the winner of the 2016 Bob Billings Big Year Award. Barb saw 317 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2016 – quite an accomplishment! Included in her total were 6 species not seen previously in this event: White-faced Storm-Petrel, Great Skua, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird and Varied Thrush.
The award carries a $200 prize and bragging rights. The award will be presented to Barb at the April 20 DVOC meeting, and Barb will give us a brief presentation about her big year effort.
For a list of Barb’s 317 species and a cumulative checklist of all years of the competition, go here. People who would like to participate in the 2017 competition must sign up by March 31. To sign up, please contact Art McMorris.
The Bob Billings Big Year contest was the brain child of former club member Bob Billings and is supported by a generous bequest from his estate and additional donations by club members.