2022 Buffalo Audubon Spring Birding Challenge

Registration is OPEN!

Welcome to the 2022 Spring Birding Challenge brought to you by Buffalo Audubon and Outside Chronicles. This challenge will bring you to some of the most popular birdwatching hotspots across Western New York during the most exciting time of the year—Spring Migration.

Our goal is to encourage people to get outside with their binoculars or camera, find some of our amazing birds, and share their sightings with others participating in this challenge.  The Spring Birding Challenge is designed to introduce birders of all skill levels to some of the most best birding hotspots in Western New York. 

Participants will be provided a digital PDF packet that contains the list of 15 birding hotspots and information on some of the birds you may expect to see there. Each hotspot page has links to Google maps, the eBird hotspot profile, and a printable checklist of birds.

Registration is $15 for members of Buffalo Audubon and $20 for non-members.

Challenge Rules:

  1. Visit 10 of 15 birding hotspots with Beaver Meadow a required location between April 22, 2022 and June 30, 2022, inclusive.
  2. Take a selfie at the hotspot.  Make a list of some of the birds you see, and take a few pictures of birds if you can.  For an added challenge, head to eBird.org and learn how to use the eBird app to record the birds you see, and attach a checklist link with your submission.
  3. Upload your pictures, sightings, and eBird checklists to the submission page.
  4. (Optional) Post your pictures to Buffalo-Niagara Birding Group on Facebook – Be sure to tag @outsidechronicles and @buffaloaudubonsociety

Check your completion status on the 2022 Spring Birding Challenge Board.

Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a pair of Vortex Viper HD 8×42 binoculars, a prize worth $500.00!