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We love the idea of a big Kansas City circle.  With work and gas prices, it is hard to get out beyond that area much anyways and it provides some motivation to get out and explore more locally.
 
Our vote is for a 75 mile circle centered on K.C.!
 
Jennifer Reidy & Randy Cartwright
Liberty, Clay County> Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 11:35:31 -0600> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: Big Year--Think Local Anyone?> To: [log in to unmask]> > With the price of gas as it is, maybe it would be a good idea to have local > COMALs rather than a statewide COMAL this year. Once you get yourself away > from the statewide COMAL, you also feel more free to bird in another, nearby > state.> > Kansas City is about 36 miles from north to south, so a 75 mile radius from > its extremities is, in effect, a circle with about a 93 mile radius from the > center. Such a circle is large enough to take in Squaw Creek on the North > and the Horton Road (below 4-Rivers) on the south, Swan Lake to the > northeast, Grand Pass CA and Van Meter S.P. on the east and Knob Noster S.P. > and Tightwad to the SE (the last two being stakeout places for Pine Warbler, > Prairie Warbler and Bewick's Wren.) It includes the entire area within which > I saw 260 species in 2006 and know of at least 27 more that others saw and I > missed that year.> > If Kansas is to be included, the 93 mile circle from center takes in Lyon > Co. State Lake (where we get L.E. Owls and Smith's Longspurs annually) and > Redmond, Wolf Creek, Melvern, Pomona, Hillsdale, Clinton and Perry > reservoirs, plus Marais des Cygnes W.M.A.> > A comparable circle centered in St. Louis could include Carlyle Lake in > Illinois and Ted Shanks CA. A circle centered in Columbia could also reach > lots of good spots.> > In my opinion, the circle should be drawn large enough to encourage normal > birding. I would not want to take a normal birding trip and find myself > saying "Oh. Oh. We're about to get out of the circle!" thereby restricting > myself from going where I would normally want to go.> > Maybe the friendly competition of COMAL should be between circles centered > in or near Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, SE Missouri and Springfield? > Maybe you get to put your own circle wherever you want. If it's the same > size as someone else's circle, you're in friendly competition -- as a few > CBCs compete for the highest number of species each year?> > What say you?> > > Bob Fisher> Independence, Missouri> [log in to unmask] > > __________________________________________________> ###########################################################> * Audubon Society of Missouri's *> * Wild Bird Discussion Forum *> *---------------------------------------------------------*> * To subscribe or unsubscribe, click here: *> * https://po.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=mobirds-l&A=1 *> *---------------------------------------------------------*> * To access the list archives, click here: *> * http://po.missouri.edu/archives/mobirds-l.html *> * *> * To access the Audubon Society of Missouri Web *> * Site: http://mobirds.org *> ###########################################################
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