Dorian-Is NARBA going to include a link to this blog on their Big Year Blog section? Seems reasonable to me.Good luck and nice seeing you up at Salisbury with Dave Bernstein yesterday.Dave Pettee
Hi Dorian,Just a short message to wish you the best of luck! I'm so glad to see that there are more and more people getting on their bicycles and birding. I cycle birded across South America in 2012/2013. Easily the best adventure I have ever had, and the birds were not too bad either! Looks as though we even use the same bike setup! Hope you have a fantastic adventure, looking forward to seeing how you get on.Kind regardsClayton Burne
Hello Dorian,Nice to meet you at Salisbury yesterday.Good luck with your project and hope that the weather improves.Henry Gray
Dorian, A plum island friend me word of your great smart adventure. I am offering lodging, food and great birders here at the tip of the chesapeake and end of the susquehanna. Anything I can do to help, including bike tune ups! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org Thaw out and good luck, Colleen webster
Hi Dorian- Maybe it would be helpful if you listed some "wish list" birds on your blog so that those along your route who hope to help you out could be on the lookout for them and MAYBE have them staked out for you. We onlookers could guess at what you are missing for the area by looking through your entire species list found to date, but it would be much more efficient if you could post an ongoing, region- specific updated wishlist for anyone hoping to help you out. Just a thought. This is going to be soooo cool to follow. Tom Sayers Tolland, CT
Hi Dorian!I sent you a message on FB too. We live in Gloucester and would be happy to cook you dinner or make you coffee and hear about your trip! We love bikes and birds and we are looking forward to following your email@example.comHeidi Wakeman & Coley Bryan
Best of luck, Dorian! Look forward to following your travels. Beau Schaefer- Round Lake Beach, IL
Good Luck Dorian. I wholeheartedly support your year long effort and your emphasis on green birding. I'm planning on making a donation as outlined on your blog and I hope you inspire many other bird watchers to do the same. I also have been awed by your photographs. It will be fun to follow you this year.Linda - Iowa birder
Hi Dorian!This message is just for you to know that quite a few french birders follow your adventure, so good luck from Europe!Cheers,Louis - french birder
Any chance you might add the Blogger "Join this site" widget to your blog so that people can follow you and receive email updates directly? https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/104226?hl=en All the best - this is fascinating stuff.
Best of luck on your venture! I often bike and bird, so I am excited to read of your huge undertaking! Don't underestimate the insulation you need for your feet in this weather!
Hello and Best of Luck!We're in Tucson, and would welcome you at our home if you come through. We are bicyclists, members of the Warm Showers hospitality list, and Audubon Society members. Just beginning birders but could introduce you to some expert birders. Linda Matson and Bill Sievers
Hola Dorian: I'm a birdbiker from Catalonia, Spain, Europe. I live not far from Barcelona, and I did an "Eco Big Year" last 2013 in Catalonia. I managed to see 304 species, what us currently the European Record. I did more tan 10.000 kms in one day. But, most of everything, I enjoyed landscapes, birds and people. I really wish you a fantastic Big Year during 2014. Best luck!you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or look at my blog: www.ecobigyearcatalunya.blogspot.comMUCHA SUERTE!Ponç Feliu
Love this. We bike, we bird, and we would love to host you if you come through or near Denver. Email us at email@example.com Continued good luck to you. Lori Potter & Eric Perryman
Hi, if you are riding thru Hollywood Fl. tomorrow there are some fantastic huge-trunked Baobab trees in the park in the center of town Easy find for your "Big Tree List"
Hi Dorian , Great to follow you along via your blog. My wife and I ( we are from Ontario ) visited Sanibel ( one week ) and Marco Island ( two days ) at the end of January. We found Marco Island's Tigertail Beach to be excellent for shorebirds . We did see Snowy , Piping and Wilson's plover along with other species of shorebirds at this location. Also saw Magnificent frigatebirds and Burrowing owls while on Marco Island . During our stay on Sanibel we did not see any of the above. Ding Darling NWR is a fantastic spot , one of the highlights during our time on Sanibel . Did not see a Mangrove Cuckoo, but didn't look that hard and did not seek out local assistance .... hopefully you will ! Tigertail Beach might be worthwhile to check out , maybe some locals can update you on what is currently being seen there . M.B.
Hi Dorian, It has been such fun following you on your travels. As always, I am so enjoying your amazing pics. On that note, would you give me permission to appropriate your fantastic impressionistic image of the manatees? I would love to use it in an art piece. While in Sanibel, you would be wise to go onto Captiva! That entire area is gorgeous. Made a donation to the foundation. Best wishes to you and Sonia. Enjoy that Red Sox training game if you are able to go! Miss your presence at the lab! Cheerio, Joanne Desmond
Hi Dorian! I am thoroughly enjoying following your grand adventure. I have been to Sanibel many times and love the Ding Darling, glad to see you enjoyed it, too. As I mentioned last I saw you at Jodrey Fish Pier, I am donating $1 per bird, up to date for birds through Feb = $215. You have about 2x as many birds for the year as I do, so I am green with envy (and white with continued cold up here in New Englad!). Birding vicariously through you, so keep up the good work. Can't wait to see you back in our area with a talk and slide show some time next year! Jim
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If u need a place to stay in Fort Worth, holler. Good luck with the adventure!
Sorry t will not be in Fredericksburg when you pass buy but my friend Susan will be in touch. Best of luck and be safe!Jane
I recently saw Black-capped Vireo at S Llano River SP on E side of road near Lona's Blind -- entering park but well before you get to park HQ. it was at the small parking area south of the blind in short mesquite, mid morning. Good luck!
Dorian: Please call or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I live in Portland, Oregon and can host or help you find some of the boreal species (spruce grouse and boreal chickadee and etc) Best to call me at 503-936-6636Good luck, Khanh
Hi Dorian! It's been ages since we spoke last but I've heard about your project from my brothers and am so intrigued and proud of you. When you make your way back to the east coast, please reach out to Pete and me -- we'd love to see you. Safe travels and good luck! xo Sam
Great to follow you this year. I wonder if there might be interest in some in providing a per bird pledge--say 10 cents per bird seen. As you near the end of the year, perhaps it is late to add that but it might result in some interest in adding donations. (Of course, people can donate per bird even without your adding such an option on the web page, but it might add some fun on the page, too.)
Hi Dorian, Met you at "The Tams" Saturday. Sure wish I'd known about this awesome blog on Jan 1st! I'll be tuning in daily from now on. It's truly astounding what you've accomplished so far! To pedal off 50 miles as if it's run to the grocery store is so impressive. Congratulations on an epic journey. Looking forward to watching you shatter 600!!!
Dear DorianI have been following your blog from Scotland since about February and really enjoy it. You are doing a splendid thing - what an excellent concept too. I realise that you are in a rather slow period now for birding, so how about telling us a bit about your bike and kit? I too am a keen birder and I also cycle a lot (I commute 20 miles + each way to work every weekday). I'm obviously not carrying the load that you do, but do thoroughly empathise with "wind" issues (though you do not have "rain" issues just now!). I would though be very interested in your bike - and keeping it serviced - how often do you change chain etc?Keep up the brilliant work - and I'm looking forward to that 600 being behind you in the near future!
Hi Dorian, my name is Fernando Martinez from BikeTexas I'm in Brownsville, I like to know if you still in the RGV area? Di you came down to Brownsville TX? If possible and you still in the area, I like to meet with you. Please contact me my e mail is Fernando@BikeTexas.orgThanks
Hello Dorian. Just found your blog last week and have been reading up through mid-March so far. The tale of your adventures is exceptionally fascinating and impressive. You should do a book of your trip, perhaps calling it “The Zen of Bicycle-Birding”. Enjoying the photography and philosophical sidebars.
Dorian, your beautiful blue/white/black butterfly is mycelia ethusa "Mexican Bluewing". I've loved following your adventures - safe travels.Nancy Everett
Hello Dorian!Merry Christmas an a Big Thank You for sharing your Big Green Year with us! I have been following your adventure from Sweden, starting most days reading your blog at breakfast. I would suggest that you invite your readers to a Top List of the best stories during the year. I would personally suggest the Grouse and Rail hunts at top, pending between struggle and victory, followed by the very first Snowy owl day with all expectations and the surrealistic Flammulated Owl night.By the way, Your example has started a massive response in Sweden with a whole bunch of bikers on the roads in 2015!