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CoBC Competition

Compete Against Par

Not all Colorado counties were created equal. Some are large, some are small, some are urban, some are rural, some have diverse habitats, some not so much. CFO has developed a handicap system based on a decade of eBird data that will establish “par” for each county, essentially a percentage of the total species that one would expect to find in that county at that time of year. Teams will be ranked according to their species total divided by par for the county they birded. This is a novel approach and there are some obvious challenges, such as the disparity in data between heavily birded counties like Boulder, Denver and Larimer vs. much less birded counties like Huerfano, Moffat or Sedgwick. If anything, we hope this will motivate teams to select these under-birded counties!

How to Compete

Rules for the competition will be similar to an official American Birding Association Big Day.

A team must have a minimum of two participants and must register through the CFO website. Teams can register in one of the following categories:
  1. Automobile
  2. Green (non-motorized)
  3. Youth (all observers of high school age or younger; must be accompanied by an adult driver; youth team members are not permitted to drive)
  4. Photo-Audio (only photographed and audio-recorded species are counted)

Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category. In addition, a $1000 donation will be given on behalf of winning teams to the CFO-approved conservation organization of their choice.

All team members must sign a liability waiver prior to participating. For youth teams, a parent must sign for each participant.

Par for Counties

Teams will be ranked according to total species divided by par for the county they competed in.

Adams  -  154

Denver  -  150

Kit Carson  -  160

Phillips  -  121

Alamosa  -  150

Dolores  -  128

La Plata  -  165

Pitkin  -  90

Arapahoe  -  157

Douglas  -  167

Lake  -  62

Prowers  -  192

Archuleta  -  113

Eagle  -  125

Larimer  -  193

Pueblo  -  218

Baca  -  199

El Paso  -  194

Las Animas  -  156

Rio Blanco  -  157

Bent  -  204

Elbert  -  133

Lincoln  -  188

Rio Grande  -  130

Boulder  -  184

Fremont  -  169

Logan  -  147

Routt  -  121

Broomfield  -  122

Garfield  -  117

Mesa  -  179

Saguache  -  149

Chaffee  -  112

Gilpin  -  74

Mineral  -  60

San Juan  -  68

Cheyenne  -  110

Grand  -  105

Moffat  -  135

San Miguel  -  142

Clear Creek  -  104

Gunnison  -  132

Montezuma  -  162

Sedgwick  -  116

Conejos  -  116

Hinsdale  -  87

Montrose  -  148

Summit  -  94

Costilla  -  137

Huerfano  -  151

Morgan  -  146

Teller  -  133

Crowley  -  143

Jackson  -  128

Otero  -  183

Washington  -  159

Custer  -  140

Jefferson  -  181

Ouray  -  93

Weld  -  190

Delta  -  146

Kiowa  -  171

Park  -  136

Yuma  -  168