The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County! Held on Super Bowl Sunday!!!
Come join in on a fun and friendly event! Compete with other birders and win prizes and get your team’s name inscribed on the prestigious Mega Bowl Trophy! When: Sunday, February 5th, 2017 from 6 am to 4 pm. (Dinner from 4 pm to 6 pm) Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and Meriden), CT Why: to have fun birding, socialize with other birders, and raise money for the New Haven Bird Club (the event host) and other environmental organizations of your choice How it works: Birders join together in groups of 3 or 4 people and go birding wherever they like within New Haven County on the day of the event. They record the birds they observe and earn points for each species recorded. Each species has a point value from 1 to 5 with 1 point for the most common species and 5 points for the rarest species. The point values are determined by how common or rare the species is in New Haven County in February. If a team is the first team of the day to find a rare (5-point) bird, they will be awarded an additional 3 points for calling it in right away so that other teams will have the opportunity to observe it. The teams will meet at the end of the event and have dinner and share stories. The meeting will be at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. A delicious dinner will be served. The results will be tabulated and a winning team will be determined. The winning team will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy! Prizes will be awarded to every team that earns 100 points or more. Special prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and other accomplishments to be determined. Every team will earn a prize. Some prizes will be obtained through the generous support of The Fat Robin in Hamden and The Audubon Shop in Madison. Teams will have to strategize where to go to get the most points. Some teams might start along the coast and then go inland, while others might do the opposite. Birders could choose to go to local birding spots that they know well, or to other