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Live drive checklist challenge!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are going to join us on a ranger’s race with a difference! Instead of trying to find as many mammals as possible on one drive for you to id, we thought we would do it over a number of drives. ย Here are the rules we have put together for the challenge! The drives will be the same the only difference being you have to help id the species we see.

– We each have 20 drives, 10 full days, to find as many mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species as possible.

– We can only check a species off the list if it has been correctly identified by a viewer.

– The first viewer with the correct answer will be named on drive.

– The species is disqualified if the guide calls it before the answers are in.

– The guide with the most species checked off at the end of the 10 drives is the winner.

If you would like to join in you can e-mail Eugene at [email protected] for your own checklist. It is up to you how you use it. Either follow the progress of your favourite guide or check off the species you id correctly on any of the drives, or use it to keep a record of all the species recorded on the drives!

If you would like to purchase the actual booklet we are going to use, please use the same e-mail and state you would like the booklet. The cost of $5 is to cover postage, anything remaining with be put towards drive running costs.

We may add more rules as the competition gets underway and things crop up that we haven’t thought about!

The challenge starts with Marc on Sunday 16 at 6h00 CAT! Get your thinking caps on!

Written by Tara

7 Responses to Live drive checklist challenge!

  1. Glynis Bowie October 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    yay, so excited.
    What happens if we see something like the lizard this morning that doesn’t seem to be on the list – do we get the point anyway? Do we get bonus points for anything? Do we count the species only and not the qty of animals ie lion counts for 1 regardless of if there is 1 or 20? Do kills count – the animal is dead! Do bird calls count?
    Lastly, homosapiens are not on list!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Debra Baudoin October 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Sounds like fun. I thought we should put down M, S or T by the names on the cklist. Then at the end add them up. That way you keep up with who is in the lead. Just an idea. We should definitely learn something new. Thanks for doing this. Great idea. Oh M S or T is initials for Marc, Seb and Tara.

  3. Patty Roberts October 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I might have missed it, but I didn’t see ostrich on the list. If I spot one, may I add it and send my sighting to FC? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. roger sersch October 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    how do i get the check list plz?

  5. Amber the Birdy October 16, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    I am excited about this. Birding in my surroundings is getting a little slow as I feel like I have seen most everything, so this is like starting a new birding adventure from scratch.

    And that is a great yellow-billed hornbill photo, Tara! (see, I am off to a running start.)

  6. Patsy Crisp October 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Very interested – just spent ten days on Buffelshoek – not on the whole, listening to the radio – the challenge sounds fun!! Apart from your excellent rangers finding a thing or too/two…..perhaps we could assist with the small five, or other and their ID, for which unfortunately time does not always permit.

  7. Tara Pirie October 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    We will add the animal to the list for sure and yep just the species is counted! I will check on the bird call. If they are identified correctly I would say yes! :)!!

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