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Green Birding Challenge 2020: Challenge Types

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 contact you if necessary.
  • 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/to 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 contact you if necessary.
  • 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.

Registration for a Soaring Eagle Challenge includes a light breakfast and catered lunch.

If you have any questions contact Tim Vargo at (414) 964-8505, x116.

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.
  • There's no limit to the number of people on your team.
  • 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 contact you if necessary.
  • 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.

Registration for the Rockin’ Robin Challenge includes a light breakfast and catered lunch.

If you have any questions contact Tim Vargo at (414) 964-8505, x116.

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