Denver Audubon, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. As part of this landmark year, it will be sponsoring a six county Big Birding Year! What is a Big Year? It is a competition among birders, attempting to identify as many species as possible by sight or sound, within a single calendar year and within a specific geographic area.
“The Denver Audubon Big Year is an opportunity to really get to know the birds in the local community and the metro area, while participating in a fun, friendly competition against other birders,” said Karl Brummert, executive director of the Denver Audubon. “Challenge your friends and family and challenge yourself to add to your bird life list in 2019.”
Denver Audubon invites birders of all levels to join the fun, win prizes, and explore the great birding sites in Denver’s six counties Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. It will also have a viewing of the movie The Big Year next summer and a presentation by author Mark Obmascik at the kickoff event Jan. 23.
The Denver Audubon Bird Year began Jan. 1, at 12 a.m. and ends Dec. 31at 11:59 p.m. Participants identify bird species in any or all six counties – Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. There will be one winner per county. Register at denveraudubon.org. The fee to participate is $10, which will help support Denver Audubon’s school and public nature programs. All birders will need to record their sightings using eBird from the mobile app or on a home computer, at ebird.org. Denver Audubon will be offering ebird classes and tutorials, as well as field trips to hone birding skills.
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