On a Saturday in early May, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology graduate student Paul Taillie, undergraduate students Sam Jolly and Lucas Bobay and Professor Chris Moorman embarked on a mission to break the record for the most bird species ever observed in a single day. They traveled more than 600 miles from the Triangle to the Outer Banks, and despite weather conditions that were not ideal, the team concluded the day with a total of 159 bird species observations. Although this number fell short of the 1987 record of 184 observations, Moorman called the trip a “bucket list experience”, and the team enjoyed highlighting the biological diversity of North Carolina.
The team documented the entire 24-hour adventure on social media using #NCStateBirdingBigDay. Check out the highlights below!