Big Year Birding Competition
Calling all new and experienced birders! The Big Year Birding Competition, sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, began March 1, and ends December 31. This is not a competition about stamina or skill, but about getting outside, observing wildlife, and convincing as many friends as possible to get involved.
There are two primary goals:
- Join the Thatcher Woods Tanagers Team or create your own team or call your closest preserve to find out about other teams. Whichever teams acquire the most new birders during the year will win prizes.
- Observe wildlife at your closest preserve and then enter as many bird species as possible into your preserve’s eBird hotspot. The teams with the most bird species recorded will be rewarded also.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society created eBird in 2002 to collect data on bird counts and distribution. eBird participants will join an international online community of scientists and hobbyists who share their avian observations.