Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Superbowl of Birding in Massachusetts

Grab three to six other birders, and play in the fifth annual Superbowl of Birding on Jan. 26. Massachusetts Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center has organized another chance to win prizes by birding indoors or outdoors!

Prizes include
The Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
Director's Award: Greatest number of species
Essex County Excels Award: Most points in Essex County
Rockingham County Rocks Award: Most points in Rockingham County
Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
Sitting Duck Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a fixed point
Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
NewBies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 18 years of age or younger
Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Teams gain points for species seen and heard by a majority of the team members, and each species must appear on the official checklist. Teams need to pre-register, and the current registration fee is $25 per participant, with a lower fee for birders age 12 and under.

For all the nitty-gritty details, click the link above. You'll find the contest rules, registration form, prize list and official checklist.

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