World Migratory Bird Day “Big Weekend Challenge”

When:
May 21, 2022 – May 22, 2022 all-day
2022-05-21T00:00:00-04:00
2022-05-23T00:00:00-04:00

All day Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 2nd – Missisquoi’s World Migratory Bird Day “Big Weekend Challenge”

Because last year was such a success, we are bringing back our Big Weekend Challenge.  We invite you to come and independently help us document the birds present on the refuge. Here’s how to participate:

  1. Register for our weekend of birding here : https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/world-migratory-bird-day-weekend-347639
  2. Visit the refuge trails and/or waterways anytime from sunrise to sunset on Saturday and Sunday. For a map of trails and water access points please visit https://www.fws.gov/media/missisquoi-trailspdf  ***Please note the Jeep Trail will be closed at this time of year, but Mac’s Bend Road will be open for walking.
  3. Record all your bird sightings via eBird to any of the refuge’s hotspots and share your lists with our eBird account (MNWRBirdDay) which allows us to have a record of your data.

The more you bird and contribute, the better our data will be. To get you motivated, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be awarding a number of prizes for different categories of participation, so the more time you spend looking and recording (and the more data you collect for WMBD), the more chances you have to win. Don’t forget to bring your camera along to qualify you for some of the photography prizes! Our goal will be to see if we can beat our record of 113 species for WMBD.

If you are unfamiliar with eBird, please visit this video for a great tutorial on how to submit your sightings right from your smartphone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYYeDd05TQ

Come out and enjoy Missisquoi NWR as the birds return to the refuge and help make this a successful weekend of data collection. As you participate, as a community scientist for the refuge, please be sure to follow any current COVID-19 guidelines, stay on the open trails and waterways, and be careful not to venture into any of the restricted areas.

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