2014 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Winners!

Dave Menke, US Fish & Wildlife Service

 Winners of the Great American Arctic Birding Challenge

Teams across the country competed to find the most bird species for the Great America Arctic Birding Challenge. Birds that nest in Alaska's Arctic have ranges that reach every state. Teams have from March 1 to June 1 to tally them up. First place winners receive a copy of the beautiful photography book Arctic Wings. Second place teams receive an Audubon Alaska ball cap, and third place teams receive Audubon T-shirts.

This year's winners are...

Alaska Division

First Place: The Water Ouzels, with 146 species (beating their list from last year by two species!)

Unfortunately, it seems the early forest fires interfered with the Kenai Peninsula teams that usually participate. We hope to see you back next year!


Lower 48

First Place: The Flatwater Seekers from Nebraska continue their reign from last year, with 122 species

Second Place: The Montana Team swooped into second with 116 species

Third Place: The Bainbridge Bird Nerds from Washington State grabbed third with 106 species


Well done to all the participants. We hope to see you again next spring!

Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Checklist

Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Flyer
Contains the contest rules and prizes--share with your chapter or birding club!

Birds from six continents rely on America's Arctic in Alaska for nesting, breeding, staging, and molting; their ranges reach across the Lower 48 states and beyond. Birdwatchers from around the United States can test their skills in the Great American Arctic Birding Challenge this spring to find the most birds in their state from the contest checklist of Arctic birds. The contest runs from March 1 through June 1 so that birders all over the U.S. can spot birds as they migrate.

There are two categories: Alaska and Lower 48. All sightings must be within the geographic boundaries of the categories. There will be First, Second, and Third place prizes for each category. Each member of the First, Second, and Third place teams will receive a prize.

  • First Place: The book Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, full of gorgeous photos of the birds that migrate to the Arctic to nest, with stories of how they connect the globe. Includes a CD of Arctic bird songs.
  • Second Place: Audubon Alaska ball cap featuring a Northern Goshawk.
  • Third Place: Audubon T-shirt.
  • Snowy Owl Bonus: Since this winter has seen many wandering Snowy Owls, teams that find a Snowy Owl will receive Audubon Alaska 2014 Bird of the Year window decals.
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