[CT Birds] Hartford Audubon Offers Hartford Big January Challenge

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Sun Jan 1 22:30:45 EST 2017

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January starts a new year, and, for birdwatchers, a new year for “birding”! 

In the spirit of expanding public interest in birdwatching and ecology, the Hartford Audubon Society is sponsoring a challenge to all age groups: T o see as many birds in their natural habitats in Hartford County during the month of January as you can! To enter the contest, all you need to do is record your observations on the Cornell birding website (ebird.org) and submit them to Hartford Audubon. (Please note that our challenge is specific to Hartford County and is designed to encourage new birders and schools to participate; COA also has announced its state-wide birding competition; we encourage birders to do both if they can!). 

Time Frame : From January 1 through January 31, 2017 

Requirements : Open to residents of Hartford County, Connecticut. There is no charge to participate and you do not need to be a member of Hartford Audubon. 

Age Groups for Prizes : 

    * Youth: ages 4 – 10; need to see and record at least 25 species of birds in Hartford County 
    * Teens: Ages 11 – 17; need to see and record at least 40 species of birds in Hartford County 
    * Adults: Ages 18 - ?; need to see and record at least 75 species of birds in Hartford County 
    * School classes, grades pre-K to Grade 8: observe, record, and photograph at least 30 species of birds in Hartford Count y 


    * You must be a resident of Hartford County. 
    * Birds must be seen in Hartford County ONLY, during January, 2017. 
    * Sightings must be recorded online on ebird.org , which is a free, international birding site sponsored by Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology*. If you are new to ebird.org , create a profile and begin submitting observations. The site will maintain your list for you. If you are teacher, you can create a profile for your class, and must include a photograph with each ebird species entry. 
    * At the end of January, if you’ve achieved the minimum number of birds needed for your age group, do two things: 1) go to the www.hartfordaudubon.org , fill out the contest entry form and observation summary sheet, and submit it to Hartford Audubon Society; and 2) share your January lists in ebird.org with sffaulkner at comcast.net . Deadline for submission: Friday, February 10 th . 

Awards : Every participant who reaches the minimum required species for their group will be sent a Certificate of Big January Birding, once your sightings in ebird.org have been checked and verified by the Board of Hartford Audubon. And the “biggest” winners in each category will be given a special prize for their high counts of birds in Connecticut in January. 

For more information, a flyer that can be printed and shared, and the submission form, please go to the Hartford Audubon website at www.hartfordaudubon.org . 

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