Date: 7/4/17 5:56 am From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Challenge 2017
It’s time again to start thinking about the Kiptopeke Challenge (KC). This year the 23rd annual KC will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO) invites birders of all skill levels to participate.
The KC is a fun and friendly "Big Day" birding competition. Teams compete to identify the greatest number of bird species in a single day within the competition boundary. The boundary includes the Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, as well as the rest of the coastal plain of VA. The purpose of the KC is to increase awareness of fall bird migration in eastern Virginia, and to help raise funds for CVWO which is a non-profit organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation and public education.
It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue. Last year the competition was tough, and the lone Youth Team entry won not only their category but the 24-hour category as well. The KC is a great way for participants to have fun birding while honing their birding skills at some of Virginia’s great birding locations. To register your team, simply send me a note with your team name and members. For more information about the KC, visit the CVWO website at _www.cvwo.org_ (http://www.cvwo.org/) Sincerely,