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A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all who wrote about the directions.  (I had 
fallen victim to my own short-coming:  Ya seen one casino ya seen 'em 
all; and had confused Alton Belle with Casino Queen).

The directions are great.  Now I just seem to need an armed guard.

The push for this is that I'm now 2 birds short of the ABA threshold (as 
of the 2004 level) for being "listable" in Illinois--a goal I've pursued 
in a lack-a-daisical fashion for a few years, and these two would do it.

In than vein, I am forwarding a message from Paul Lehman, whom I met in 
northern Iowa this spring in the company of a Northern Hawk-Owl.  Paul, 
as many of you know, holds the record for Total Ticks.  This is not for 
the number of 8-legged critters accumulated on an outing in the Missouri 
woods.

Total Ticks is a category for ABA listers.  It is the accumulated total 
of species seen for the 49 continental states, D.C., and the Canadian 
provinces and the small islands of French possession left in North 
America --thus, American Robin seen in 37 states and 10 provinces would 
add up to 47; Mallard seen in 40 states and 3 provinces would equal 43.  
Add those together to get 90.  Do this for all species seen in all the 
geographic entities and you have your total ticks.

Paul now has something like 16,000 (yes, that is thousand) total ticks. 
That, dear friends, amounts to a lot of days watching birds in a lot of 
great places!  And, he is not a "see it, tick it, and split" birder.  He 
is known for his meticulous notes. His directions to the sites are 
evidence.

Paul is the author of A Birder's Guide to Metropolitan Areas of North 
America, which has chapters on Kansas City and St. Louis.  Read his post 
and get to know him a bit.  He sets a pretty good example.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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