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 competed in Great American Arctic Birding Challenge this spring to find the most birds in their state from the contest list of Arctic birds.
Below are the 2013 results from our fearless competitors. Many thanks to all the teams who participated, we hope you found some fantastic birds.
2013 Great Amrican Arctic Birding Challenge winners:
- First Place: Water Oozels (Seward), 144 species
- Second Place: Kenai Refugees (Kenai), 139 species
- Third Place: The Chubby Chickadees (Kenai), 122 species
Lower 48 Division
- First Place: Flatwater Seekers (Nebraska), 126 species
- Second Place: Surf Scopers (Connecticut), 111 species
- Third Place: Snake River Birding Trio (Idaho), 110 species.
Places such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Teshekpuk Lake in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska serve as important nurseries for millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other types of birds that people across the country enjoy. Many of these birds migrate incredible distances, such as tiny Wilson's warblers that nest in the Arctic and winter in Mexico and Central America, often relying on stopovers and wintering grounds across the U.S.
We hope to see you in 2014!
For more information contact:
Attn: Beth Peluso
Great American Arctic Birding Challenge
441 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99508
Email: Beth Peluso
Fax: (907) 276-5069