The IAS Big County Big Year Challenge is a chance for Indiana birders to celebrate birding in Indiana in 2018. In partnership with the Kristina Knowski Arts, Sassafras Audubon, Robert Cooper Audubon, and Indigo Birding Tours, birders are invited to seek out as many species of birds that can be found in Indiana during 2018 in the individual counties that they live in, as well as any of the 92 counties statewide. Species totals for each county range from 60-175 species.
The contest begins January 1 and continues through December 31 2018. All participants must submit their bird lists no later than January 6, 2019 to be eligible. To play, birders must seek out as many bird species as they can in one single county. Each individual county varies in how many birds have historically been found and the number of birding locations. Therefore, a county target number has been set using statistical models.
To be eligible for prizes, you must beat the county target set for that county. Multiple entries are allowed for meeting the target for each additional county you bird in 2018. Participants reporting their totals are strongly encouraged to log their checklists into ebird.com and then you can easily track your county year lists for easy reporting at the end of the year. Individuals may also keep track on their own personal spreadsheets if desired. To enter, send an email here and be sure to include for each eligible county:
- ebird user name (if available)
- County birded
- County total
1/10/19 UPDATE: Prize Winners!
Kristina Knowski Commission Print- Heath Harlan, Evansville IN
Indigo Nature Tours Gift Certificate- Whitney Yoerger, Zionsville IN
Indigo Nature Tours Gift Certificate- Brian Lowry, Scottsburg IN
Wild Birds Unlimited $50 Gift Card- Sam Plew, Lagrange IN
Birds and Beans Coffee Combo- Lindsay Grossmann, South Bend IN
Additionally, the following will receive an IBCBYC sticker- Gary Overdorf, Matt Bowman, Philip English, Bob Guth, and Amy Kearns.
Prize drawings will occur after January 10. The grand prize drawing will be a custom commissioned print being produced by Kristina Knowski Arts.
Two additional winners will receive a gift certificate to join an IndiGo Birding Nature Tours trip in Indiana ($40 value). IndiGo offers an assortment of trips around the state during the year. Prizes donated by
IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, LLC
“Personalized Guide Service to South-Central Indiana”
Sassafras Audubon Society
“Serving the Indiana counties of Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Jackson, Brown and Bartholomew since 1970.”
One additional winner will receive a $50 gift card from Wild Birds Unlimited, courtesy Robert Cooper Audubon Society.
For questions on participating, email BCBC Coordinator, Brad Bumgardner.
County Species List Target for Contest Entry