Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 10, 2015
It's Back! Do you have eagle eyes? Think you have what it takes to help your favorite historic site in West Philly win the Second Annual Birding Smackdown? Bartram's Garden and The Woodlands are joining forces again for a friendly, out-of-the-nest competition to determine who can claim they're the hottest spot for birds and birders. We're also planning a handful of great bird walks and events the week of the competition- there's something for all ages and levels!
The site with the most variety of bird species reported during the competition will be declared the 2015 Smackdown Winner, and will receive bragging rights for 365 days! There are lots of great prizes for our birders, too, so stay tuned!
Ready to bird? Read on!
HOW TO COMPETE
First, download the scorecard checklist for the site where you plan to bird. Want to bird at both sites? That's cool, too! Just keep your results separate and submit both scorecards at the end of the competition.
FIND A TEAM OR BIRD SOLO
Combine your bird-watching results with up to 4 birds of a feather in your team, or go it alone and bird as an individual competitor. If you're competing with a team, submit just one final scorecard with your birding results.
GET TO BIRDING!
Pick just one site (Bartram's Garden or The Woodlands), or bird-watch at both. Bring your binoculars and a bird guide, or download this handy app to your smartphone. Read the competition rules first and don't disturb any habitats or animals while you're out in the field. You may only bird-watch at each site during the hours they are open to the public.
WRITE IT DOWN
Track your results on the scorecard checklist. Just be sure to keep your results for each site separate. Submit your scorecard at the end of the week and keep your wings crossed for a winning count!
Any bird you see or hear and can identify beginning at dawn on April 26 until dusk on May 4 can be included in your count.
All completed scorecards and forms must be received by 4 P.M. on Monday, May 11, 2015 to be considered. Send in your completed scorecard to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at the office of Bartram's Garden or The Woodlands. Birding Smackdown winners will be announced on Friday, May 15th!
KICKOFF EVENTS - SATURDAY, MAY 2ND
Bartrams Garden 7:30-9:00A.M. Get up with the birds and join an expert guide on a walk through the garden.
The Woodlands 9:30-Noon and join a beginner friendly "how to bird" workshop (at 10:00 A.M.), followed by free birding and kids activities!
Come to one or all of these events. They're FREE!
BIRDING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7: 30P.M. at The Woodlands Join birder David Allen on an early evening bird walk through The Woodlands
Saturday, May 9, 7:30-9:00A.M. at Bartram's Garden Join Join birder David Allen for an early morning bird walk through Bartram's Garden
ALL BIRDING EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Please take a look at these PDFs and familiarize yourself with the general guidelines of bird watching and the Smackdown regulations before you head to either site with your binoculars.