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Take an 'I Bird NY' Challenge

It’s that time of year again! The annual I BIRD NY Challenges are now live and open to birders of all ages and abilities across the state. To complete the Beginner's Birding Challenge (PDF), participants 16 years old and younger must identify 10 common New York bird species, while more seasoned birders are also encouraged to complete the Experienced Birding Challenge (PDF), in which participants of any age must identify 10 or more different bird species found across New York. Both entry forms are also available in Spanish.

Entries can be submitted via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or mail until October 14. All challenge participants will be able to print a certificate of participation and be entered for a chance to win birding accessories. New this year: participants will also receive an extra entry for identifying half of the birds (5) on NYS Birding Trail sites! As an extra bonus, the first 50 participants from either challenge will also receive a special goodie bag of birding swag items.

Birding enthusiasts can visit I Bird NY to access this year's challenge sheets, as well as find information on birding, upcoming birding events, a downloadable Beginner's Guide to Birding (also available in Spanish), and additional resources.

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