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Colorado Birding Challenge for 2021

The Colorado Field Ornithologists invite all Colorado birders to participate in the first annual Colorado Birding Challenge on May 8, 2021. The objectives of this new Big Day event are:

  1. To raise funds for conservation of Colorado grassland birds
  2. To generate eBird data for all 64 counties on the same day
  3. To provide a fun recreational event for the Colorado birding community

We encourage you to form a team of 2 or more members. The team leader registers the team and reports the results. See directions for team leaders.

Teams will compete during 24 hours on May 8 within a single county of their choice to find the highest number of species relative to a handicap value determined for their county. ABA rules will be followed for all 4 categories of competitive teams. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams of more than one person and also to the top fundraising team for each of 4 competition categories:

  • Automobile
  • Green (all birding by walking, cycling, and/or kayaking; may drive to destination)
  • Youth (high school age or younger; must have an adult driver)
  • Photo/Audio

We encourage all birders to participate, even if you don’t join the competition. You may register a team of 1-4 persons or join an Open Team that has space. We invite non-competing groups and individuals to also collect eBird data and raise donations for our conservation project for grassland birds. A prize will be given to the non-competing team or individual who raises the most money for the CoBC. See a description of these projects.

Funds raised in 2021 will support grassland bird research and conservation projects operated by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in Colorado and northern Mexico, where many of our grassland birds spend the winter.

More details about this exciting challenge are available from the links on the left of the page. Registration and participation are free for current and new CFO members, although all members are encouraged to donate an amount of their choice to the CoBC grassland bird conservation projects either as a general donation or as a pledge for their own team. For other participants, the entry cost is a $50 donation (which will be used 100% for conservation). A registration portal will be available early in 2021.

These teams have registered. Support them by clicking the button to the left of the team name and making a pledge.

 Team NameCategoryCountyCaptainMembers
The ThagomizersAutomobileMoffatWalter WehtjeWalter Wehtje
Masked Trogons (Bike)Non-motorizedLarimerNick KomarGreg Osland, Jay Breidt
Team Minner-LeePhotographerBoulderMark Minner-LeeMark Minner-Lee, Anessa Minner-Lee, Everest Minner-Lee, Preston Minner-Lee