Spring Birding Challenge

Design by Katelyn Davis

Welcome to the 2024 Spring Birding Challenge brought to you by Buffalo Audubon and Outside Chronicles and sponsored by Vortex Optics. The challenge will appeal to new and expert birders.  We will walk new birders through some of the common tools birders use and provide group programs to help complete challenges.  Expert birders will be challenged to find elusive species and find 50 or more species in a day.  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 best birding hotspots in Western New York. 

The Spring Birding Challenge provides participants with 30+ challenges to complete. These challenges range in difficulty; some will be completed in a day, and some will take all Spring. In order to complete the Spring Birding Challenge, each participant will need to earn 200 points by completing these challenges. Don’t worry, there are more than 400 points available. Each challenge must be completed in Western New York and the Niagara Region of Ontario. Participants will receive a PDF packet that will provide them with all the information they need to complete these challenges.

All profits from the Spring Birding Challenge go to Buffalo Audubon to enhance their education offerings and facilities.

Registration is $20 for members of Buffalo Audubon and $25 for non-members.

Challenge Rules

    1. Earn two hundred points (200) by completing challenges in our new app between April 22, 2024 and June 30, 2024, inclusive.
    2. Complete challenges by following the challenge instructions.
    3. (Optional) Post your picture to Buffalo-Niagara Birding Group on Facebook.  Be sure to tag @outsidechronicles and @buffaloaudubonsociety.

Our new app will keep track of your progress. As you complete challenges, your points will increase. Reach 200 points to earn a finisher patch and sticker.

But don’t stop there! You can earn additional in-app badges. Some of the badges will earn you additional stickers! Check out the My Badges section of the app for details.

You can see the Top 20 Leaderboard, check your points, follow a photo feed of submissions, and chat with other hikers; all within the app.

For Independent Health, please use your Health Extras card like a credit card at checkout.

For Highmark WNY, you will need to use your personal credit/debit card and submit a Wellness Card Reimbursement Claim Form.  Claims can be submitted on the member website. Log in at myhighmark.com and click Manage under Spending Account Balance to access your personal dashboard. Then, select Claims and Claims Activity under the menu in the upper left corner to submit your claim.

Each person who participates in the 2024 Spring Birding Challenge tasks will be entered to win a Vortex Optics prize package (Valued at $300) that features a pair of Vortex Diamondback HD 8×42. Every 25 points above 200 will give you an additional entry into the drawing for the top prize! Everyone who earns 200 points will receive a 2024 Spring Birding Challenge patch.

No purchase necessary to enter, please see contest rules for more information.

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2024 Spring Birding Challenge Merch

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