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Take an 'I Bird NY' Challenge


It's that time of year again! The annual I BIRD NY Challenges are now live and open to birders of all ages and abilities across the state. Two levels of challenges provide the opportunity to identify birds and learn about birdlife and offer a chance to win birding equipment. New this year, finding birds on a NYS Birding trail site increases your chances of winning prizes.

To complete the Beginner's Birding Challenge (PDF), participants 16 years old and younger must identify 10 common New York bird species, while more seasoned birders are also encouraged to complete the Experienced Birding Challenge (PDF), in which participants of any age must identify 10 or more different bird species found across New York. Both entry forms are also available in Spanish.

Entries can be submitted via email or mail until October 14. All challenge participants will be able to print a certificate of participation and be entered for a chance to win birding accessories. New this year: participants will also receive an extra entry for identifying half of the birds (5) on NYS Birding Trail sites! As an extra bonus, the first 50 participants from either challenge will also receive a special goodie bag of birding swag items.

READ MORE: Check out Birdability which promotes birding for everyone

Birding enthusiasts can visit I Bird NY to access this year's challenge sheets, as well as find information on birding, upcoming birding events, a downloadable Beginner's Guide to Birding (also available in Spanish), and additional resources.

Bird Conservation Area Sites

The New York State Bird Conservation Area Program (BCA) was established in the late 90s to safeguard and enhance bird populations and their habitats on state lands and water. An area can be designated as a BCA if it is judged an important enough site for one or more species. In general, a site is nominated because of its importance to large numbers of waterfowl, pelagic seabirds, shorebirds, wading birds, or migratory birds. A site may also have high species diversity, importance to species at risk, or importance as a bird research site. DEC has a listing of designated BCAs where you can visit free of charge.

READ MORE: Great spots you can watch birds in the Hudson Valley



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