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Year-Long Birding Competition Kicks Off In Rhode Island

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If bird watching is your way of combating the winter blues, then the Audubon of Society of Rhode Island has a challenge for you, as Rhode Island Public...

If bird watching is your way of combating the winter blues, then the Audubon of Society of Rhode Island has a challenge for you, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports.

A snowy owl.

In the past, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) has held something called a bird-a-thon, where bird watchers try to identify as many bird species as they can in a day.  

ASRI's Jeff Hall, the organization's senior director of advancement, said this year the Rhode Island chapter is encouraging people to take their bird identification to the next level by tracking bird species throughout the whole year.

“This year we wanted to get more people involved, give them more time to do it,” said Hall, “and learn more about the birds in our state instead of counting them.”

This bird competition is modeled after annual one that takes place nationally called "Big Year." Hall said this mini version of the competition, called “Big Year in a Little State,” is for anyone who likes birds.

“So you can be a beginner and you could be sitting in your kitchen identifying birds at your feeder,” said Hall. “You can be an expert and be going out every day looking for different birds throughout the migration season and year-round.”

The Audubon Society will offer several activities throughout the year as part of this co “So you can be a beginner. And you could be sitting in your kitchen identifying birds at your feeder. You can be an expert and be going out every day looking for different birds throughout the migration season and year-round.”

The Audubon Society will offer several activities throughout the year as part of this competition, including bird walks and classes, and other opportunities to see birds up close.

It will also send out alerts to participating birders any time unusual birds are spotted in the state. Money raised through the competition's registration will go toward bird and habitat conservation.

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A horned lark.
Year-Long Birding Competition Kicks Off In Rhode Island
Year-Long Birding Competition Kicks Off In Rhode Island