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Friday, January 01, 2016 12:00 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
End Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:00 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category:  Count


The Indiana Bicentennial Birding Big Year is a chance for Indiana birders to celebrate birding in Indiana during the course of the state’s bicentennial. In partnership with the Indiana DNR, National Park Service, and Indiana Audubon Society, birders are invited to seek out as many species of birds that can be found in Indiana during 2016.

The contest begins January 1 and continues through December 11 (Indiana’s birthday). All participants must submit their bird lists no later than December 16 to be eligible. To play, birders must seek out a minimum of 100 species of birds in Indiana during the contest period. All birders finding 100 species will receive a commemorative IBBBY sticker or decal provided by Indiana Audubon. The real challenge will be for birders to find and log 200 species of birds. In the spirit of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana State Parks and National Park Service, 100 of the 200 species must have been found on an Indiana State Park (or reservoir) or National Park site in Indiana. State Fish and Wildlife Areas , State Forests, and State Nature Preserves (not located inside a state park) do not count towards this criteria.

Participants reporting their totals will be required to log their checklists into and download their year list (directions to be provided). All those finding at least 200 species will also receive the commemorative IBBBY sticker or decal, but also go into a drawing for the following:

– 2017 DNR Annual Entrance Pass
-$50 DNR Inns or Camp Gift Card
-One Year Complimentary IAS membership
-2 tickets to the 2017 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival
– one of 3 Eagle Optics Binoculars
-other prizes to come!

Get out and bird Indiana in 2016!

Owned by Brad Bumgardner On Monday, November 09, 2015


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