Prizes will be awarded at the end of the count to the teams in each category that identify the most species over the competition period.
Of all migratory songbirds, blackpoll warblers travel the greatest distance during the spring and fall, flying for an incredible three days straight without stopping.
The Blackpoll Award will go to the team in the Traveling category that identifies the most species across Bucks, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia Counties over 24 hours. Each member will receive a paid-for ticket to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and be able to choose a date to visit.
Barred Owl Award
While searching for prey, Barred owls keep to a single perch, staying motionless. They rely on their sharp eyes and ears to help them key in to any small sounds and movements around them.
The Barred Owl Award will go to the team in the Big Sit category that identifies the most species in 4 hours during the competition period. Each team member will receive a paid-for ticket to the Morris Arboretum, and can visit whenever they choose.
In a world where habitat doesn’t always come easy for wildlife, we have to do all we can to ensure that birds travel safely through our own backyards during migration and are able to find food, water, and shelter year-round.
The Backyard Sit team that identifies the most species will receive bird feeding equipment – seed, hummingbird, and suet feeders, a bird bath, and plenty of seed – along with materials to make their windows bird-safe (approximately 1 billion birds die each year from colliding with windows). Representatives from Audubon will come out and help set up feeders and provide advice on ways to make the area even friendlier to birds.