Join the Urban Ecology Center as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with the Green Birding Challenge! This unique fundraising event promotes fossil-fuel-free birding, inspires friendly competition, and encourages everyone to get outside to explore the wonders of resident and migratory birds in Milwaukee.
How to participate:
Teams will choose from the following three categories:
- Soaring Eagle Challenge for serious/advanced birders. Teams of three or four* compete for prizes in a 5-hour (full length) competitive challenge as either a mobile “migratory” team (walking, biking) or a “resident” stationary team (Big Sit).
- Rockin’ Robin Challenge for less competitive advanced to beginning birders. Teams of three or four* compete for prizes in a shorter, 3-hour challenge.
* A fourth team member is allowed for Soaring Eagle or Rockin’ Robin if they are a beginner birder—we trust your judgment on this.
- Fledgling Fun Challenge for families or novices who want to get outside, have fun and learn about birds. Teams of two or more (no maximum) participate in a non-competitive, 2-hour mini-challenge with guided opportunities to learn about birds and participate in bird-themed quests for prizes.
Did someone mention prizes?!
Experiential field trips are awarded to the Soaring Eagle Challenge teams (biking, walking, and stationary) that spot the greatest number of bird species, the Rockin’ Robin Challenge team that identifies the greatest number of bird species, and the overall team that raises the most money.
Prizes will also be awarded to participants in the Fledgling Fun Challenge who complete bird-themed quests throughout the morning.
Participants whose teams raise at least $200 in Green Birding Challenge fundraising receive a prize and are entered into a grand prize drawing for a surprise award any bird lover would covet.
Individuals who raise at least $500 will be automatically receive a Pajaro field bag with an embroidered GBC logo.
What is included with my registration?
Registration for the Soaring Eagle and Rockin’ Robin Challenges ($30/person) includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, Green Birding Challenge swag, and catered lunch.
Registration for the Fledgling Fun Challenge ($15/person) includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, and an official Green Birding Challenge sticker.
Binocular and field guide lending is also available to all registrants.
*Scholarships are available for qualifying participants. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.
So, why are we doing this in May?
In addition to being the best month for seeing colorful migrant birds in Milwaukee, May is when people all around the world celebrate International Migratory Bird Day—a celebration of birds and their migrations that transcend political boundaries and help make the world a smaller place.
Thank you, Sponsors!