A Very Big Day with a Huge Number of Bird Species

My Big Day team found 182 bird species during the competition.

Rob Ripma

Last weekend, I competed in the Amos Butler Audubon Birdathon competition. The goal of a Birdathon is to find as many bird species as possible within 24 hours. I’ve participated in this competition many times in the past but this year, we had a new route and a new team! In addition to being a very fun competition, the event is a fundraiser for conservation issues. We support many projects locally here in Indianapolis as well as projects that protect species that only spend part of the year in Indiana such a Cerulean Warblers through the American Bird Conservancy.

Golden-winged Warbler was one of 34 warbler species that we found during the competition.

Golden-winged Warbler was one of 34 warbler species that we found during the competition.

My team birded from Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana all the way down to Goose Pond FWA in the Southwest corner of the state. Our day started at 2 am and we ended just after 11 pm. Throughout the day, we found 182 bird species and won the Birdathon competition! If you would like to help support our conservation efforts, you can donate in honor of our team, Team Wild Birds Unlimited, by clicking here.

  1. Sharon Workman says

    I am very disappointed in this one. The headline says, “A Very Big Day with a Huge Number of Bird Species,” then it says, “My Big Day team found 182 bird species during the competition”
    The only bird you see is the one under the headline. It only wanted a donation. I might have thought about donating; if they hadn’t tricked me in & lied about it. Just Saying

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