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uNorth American Birdwatching Open

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More than 300 species of birds are typically seen each year during the Birdwatching Open.

North American Birdwatching Open

Audubon International's North American Birdwatching Open coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and focuses attention on the wonder of migratory birds and the role golf courses can play in conserving habitats.  Since 1998, the free, 24-hour bird count has been held on the second Saturday in May (golf course in southern locations may conduct the count on the second Saturday of March or April to account for earlier peak migration activity).  The results provide a valuable snapshot of migratory bird activity on North American golf courses.

Join us in 2007!

  • March 10- Southern Tier (southern Florida and Texas)

  • April 14- Southeast and Southwest

  • May 12- Mid-Atlantic, Central/Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, Northwest

Who can participate?
Golf courses in the U.S. and Canada.

What's involved?
Register online and download a Bird Checklist and Participant Questionnaire.  Rules for participation are simple: over the course of 24-hours, make a list of each bird species seen or heard within the boundaries of the golf course. 

Most participants start early around 6 a.m and spend several hours scouring various golf course habitats, such as woods, meadows, wetlands, and other water bodies.  Birdwatchers at some courses continue throughout the day, while other courses make the Birdwatching Open a fun úcommunityĚ event, inviting golfers, families, or community members to participate for several hours.

We encourage all participants to invite someone experienced in bird identification to help, if needed, to contribute to a more accurate count.  Results must be FAXed, e-mailed, or mailed to Audubon International within one week of the event.  All results are compiled together for overall and regional winners.  Certificates are awarded to members in each region who record the most species.  

Get involved and get results!
Participants enjoy a fun day of birding that results in a partial species inventory for the golf course.  The event also offers opportunities to reach out to birdwatchers in the local community and raise awareness of wildlife on golf courses.  In addition, the results contribute to a growing body of data about the value of golf course wildlife habitats and the diversity of birds that they attract.

2006 North American Birdwatching Open Results!

What does it cost?

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Participant Resources

Participants must submit their results using the 2007 Participant Questionnaire and Bird Checklist.

Please send your results by fax, mail, or e-mail within one week of the event.

For more information please e-mail Jennifer Batza, Membership Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 767-9051 x12. 


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