The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) has announced its Hartford Big January of Birding birdwatching challenge. The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks to get outside during the month of January and see as many species of wild birds as possible! The competition is free to people of all ages. Different challenge categories are provided for age groups and school groups.
“Birdwatching is a delightful, free activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, in any setting. Birds can be seen anywhere – you can watch pigeons, peregrine falcons and snowy owls in Hartford; count the birds on your feeders from your windows; identify ducks and geese on a local river; or seek rare woodland birds on land trust reserves. Anywhere you go, birding is just plain fun” said HAS Board member and Canton resident, Sarah Faulkner. “We’re also offering a special challenge for school classes” she added. “We would especially like teachers to help their students be keen observers of our January birds, and will offer awards to classes that submit collective bird sightings.”
HAS President Sara Zagorski said “It will be very exciting to see how any birds in the Hartford County area people can find. We encourage people to go to new birding sites in our county to discover the wealth of birds and natural beauty in our local areas.”
To participate, residents should enter their observations onto ebird.org, the free birdwatching site maintained by the Cornell University of Ornithology, and share their observations with HAS at the end of the month. All entries that meet the minimum number of species for each challenge group will receive a certificate of achievement. A special prize will be awarded for the highest species count for each challenge group. Please see the HAS website at www.hartfordaudubon.org for contest details.