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It’s a game, it’s a marathon, it’s a challenge, it’s a heck of a lot of fun! All throughout New Jersey!
Many great birders have raised glasses in this event. The first official World Series of Birding began at midnight on May 19, 1984, when just thirteen teams set out on a 24-hour treasure hunt. Their mission was to tally as many species of birds by sight or sound as possible. Their objective was to raise money for their favorite environmental cause, and to focus worldwide attention upon the habitat needs of migrating birds.
They succeeded beyond anyone’s dreams. Today there are thousands of participants, including donors and support team members, in the event and the event has grown into several categories and ways to play.
Bird Conservation Challenge- Level I - for competing teams who vie for awards in several categories
NJ Audubon Ambassador Challenge - Level II - for non-competing teams
Zeiss Youth Challenge - Level III - for ages 6-18 within their respective youth groups
Senior Challenge - Level IV - for ages 60 and over
When is it?
This year on Saturday, May 12th - rain or shine. Mark your calendars and start planning your strategy. Look under the Rules/Forms tab at Bird Conservation Challenge Ways to Play for detailed information.
Gather your teammates near and far and share in the excitement and camaraderie that is part of North America’s most celebrated conservation event - the World Series of Birding!
Why a World Series of Birding?
Over the past thirty-plus years, this event has changed the birding landscape, has brought birding to the attention of the media, and has raised close to $9 million for bird conservation.
It draws attention to the habitat needs of migrating birds, especially throughout the great State of New Jersey, which is at the crossroads of migration for many species at this specific time of year.
It gives birders a chance to put their birding skills to use for a good cause.
It brings together birders of all levels of experience, local conservation groups, schools and youth groups, and businesses that care about the environment.
It generates of lot of money for conservation causes.
It focuses global media attention upon the challenge, adventure, and fun of birding.