Green Birding Challenge Recap

Written by Anne Reis
    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Green Birding Challenge Recap

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Green Birding Challenge a success! 19 teams, comprised of both experienced and fledgling birders, participated in this year's challenge and observed over 100 distinct bird species in a fossil fuel free search around the city. Their efforts inspried more than 150 generous donors to pledge $8,000 for the Center's Citzien Science program. Wow! Read on for more fun facts and photos from the day's birding adventure!

Below is a graph of the number of species found by each team and the bonus points earned. This year's Biking Challenge and overall winners with 65 species identified was Pleased to Beat 'Cha! The Spotted Cowbirds and the Common Caws were our Walking and Sitting Challenge winner respectively, while the Satanic Nightjars (it's the name of a real bird!) beat out the competition in the Mini Challenge.




We also made a word cloud based on all of the species observed.



Below are a couple of photos from the event. Be sure to check out our full photo album on Facebook. Please tag yourself in these pictures!

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The Satanic Nightjars out on the trail. Photo: Eric Meils

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Hoo's Your Daddy and their entire flock! Photo: Anne Reis

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Everyone was doing their part for their team. Photo: Eric Meils


We had a great time with you on International Migratory Bird Day and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016!



Photo Credit: Eric Meils
Anne Reis

Anne Reis

Anne has conducted research on a variety of topics including cranberries, potatoes, wetlands, lichens, tamaracks, and most recently bats. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from UW-Madison and a M.S. in Biological Sciences and a GIS Certificate from UW-Milwaukee. Anne is the GIS Specialist at the Center and enjoys reading, mapping, gardening, and spending time outside with her husband and daughter in the Riverwest neighborhood.


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