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Challenge Type Descriptions

Are you looking for a whole morning, competitive challenge or a shorter, relaxed, family-friendly challenge? Review the categories and rules below and set up a challenge you'll enjoy.

Soaring Eagle (5 hour) Mobile or Stationary Challenges

Mobile Challenge

(click here to see the rules for the Soaring Eagle Stationary Challenge)

Rules modified from birdwatchersdigest.com

Side view of a bicyclist looking straight ahead through binoculars.Team Rules:

  • Check-in for the Soaring Eagle Mobile Challenge begins at 6:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 6:30 a.m. 
  • Teams consist of two or three people, and may have a fourth if the person is a novice- we trust your judgment on this.
  • From the Urban Ecology Center starting line, your team will travel to and fro, without using any fossil fuels, recording birds on your score sheet.
  • Your team must always stay within visual contact of each other.
  • In order to record a bird, two people from your team must identify it.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • You must return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • Following your return to the Urban Ecology Center, there will be a celebratory lunch ceremony.

Stationary Challenge

Rules modified from birdwatchersdigest.com

Woman looking at camera through a spotting scope.Stationary Birding Team Rules:

  • Check-in begins at 6:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • Teams consist of two or three people, and may have a fourth if the person is a novice- we trust your judgment on this.
  • From the Urban Ecology Center starting line, walk or bike to a fixed location in Riverside Park.
  • You will be supplied with a 17 ft. rope. Lay out your rope in a straight line—this will be the diameter of your circle and your home base as you record your bird sightings.
  • Once your rope is in place, you can start recording birds onto your score sheet.
  • Two people in your team must identify the bird for it to be recorded.
  • If a bird is seen or heard from within the circle but is too distant to identify, someone on your team can leave the circle to get a closer look/listen to confirm the bird's identity. However, any new bird species seen or heard while confirming the original, can't be counted unless it's seen or heard by an "anchor" who stayed behind in your circle or is seen by you when you return to your circle.
  • The area can be left and returned to as frequently as desired, but you can only record birds that are identified from the circle. If you desire to move your circle to a new location you must start your list over from scratch.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • Return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • Following your return to the Urban Ecology Center, there will be a celebratory lunch ceremony.

Register for Soaring Eagle Today!

Registration for a Soaring Eagle Challenge is $30 per person and includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, Green Birding Challenge swag, and catered lunch.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation. If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

Rockin’ Robin (3 hour) Mobile Challenge

Rules modified from birdwatchersdigest.com

Team of women, one is looking at the sky through binoculars and is marking their finds on a chart.Team Rules:

  • Check-in for the Rockin’ Robin Challenge begins at 8:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Teams consist of two or three people, and may have a fourth if the person is a novice- we trust your judgment on this.
  • From the Urban Ecology Center starting line, your team will travel to and fro, without using any fossil fuels, recording birds on your score sheet.
  • Your team must always stay within visual contact of each other.
  • In order to record a bird, two people from your team must identify it.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • You must return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • Following your return to the Urban Ecology Center, there will be a celebratory lunch ceremony.

Register for Rockin' Robin Today! 

Registration for the Rockin’ Robin Challenge is $30 per person) and includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, Green Birding Challenge swag, and catered lunch.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation. If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

Fledgling Fun Challenge (2 hour)

The main objective for Fledgling Fun Challenge participants is to have fun! This challenge is geared towards those with little to no birding experience looking to learn some cool things about birds along the way. Highlights of this challenge include both indoor and outdoor bird activity/education stations and bird-themed quests for prizes.

Three children looking up through binoculars in the woods.Team Rules:

  • Check-in for the Fledgling Fun Challenge begins at 8:30 a.m. and the challenge begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Teams consist of two to ten people. No experience required!
  • Walk, bike, skip, or hop (move without using fossil-fuels) from the Urban Ecology Center, to identify birds during your challenge.
  • Team members are encouraged to document birds encountered through listing, journaling, photography, or drawing.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • You must return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:00 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • A brief celebration will follow your team’s return to the Urban Ecology Center.

Register for Fledgling Fun Today!

Registration for the Fledgling Fun Challenge is $15 per person and includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, and official Green Birding Challenge swag.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation. If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

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