In conjunction with World Migratory Bird Day (May 11th), the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) announced the start of the 2019 “I Bird NY” challenges for beginner and experienced birders. I Bird NY was launched in 2017.
New York is home to a wide array of habitats that support more than 450 different bird species. There are also 59 Bird Conservation Areas across the state. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and experiences in any community.
DEC is hosting its annual I Bird NY Beginner’s Birding Challenge, which is open to anyone 16 years of age and younger. To complete the Beginner’s Birding Challenge, participants must identify 10 common New York bird species and submit their challenge sheet to DEC. All participants in this challenge will receive a certificate of participation, an official I Bird NY bracelet, and be entered to win birding accessories.
In addition to the Beginner’s Birding Challenge, DEC is offering the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge. To complete the challenge, birders of all ages must identify at least 10 of 50 listed bird species found across New York State. All participants in this challenge will receive a certificate of participation, an official I Bird NY bracelet, and be entered into a drawing for birding accessories.
Nature enthusiasts can visit I Bird NY to access the birding challenge sheets as well as find information on where and how to watch birds, upcoming bird walks, and other events, a downloadable kid’s booklet, and additional resources.