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The Mega Bowl of Birding! Held on Superbowl Sunday

February 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

1.  Have Fun.  The Mega Bowl is a celebration of birds, birding, and birders. Enjoy the birds that you see and the birders with whom you see them.
2.  Be safe.  The Mega Bowl is held in the middle of winter. It will be cold and roads and trails may be icy. Remember: SAFETY  FIRST.  Do not do anything that would imperil yourself or one of your fellow birders. Obey property boundaries, traffic rules, and laws. Dress warmly.
3.  Sign up for the event.  Sign up as a member of a team of 3-4 birders, or submit your name to the coordinator and be assigned to a team.  Create a name for your team. The team leader should submit his or her cell phone number to the Mega Bowl Coordinator so that he/she can be contacted if a rare (5-point) bird is observed by another team.
4.  Get some pledges.  This is not required, but is encouraged.  Get a friend, family member, or employer to pledge an amount of money for each point your team earns.  Or, make a small donation, if you like.  The money collected will be donated to the New Haven Bird Club and/or the conservation organization of your choice.
5.  Plan ahead.  Look over the checklist and plan an itinerary for your birding day.  Do some advance scouting, if possible. Be prepared to make some last minute changes to your plans based upon the weather conditions on the day of the event.
6.  Go birding! On the day of the event, go birding anywhere in New Haven County.  Record the birds that you observe on the Mega Bowl Checklist.  For a species to be counted, it must be observed by a majority of the team’s members.  Accuracy is important.  Be sure of the identification of every species, especially uncommon and rare ones. Call in the observation of a rare (5 or 7-point) species to the coordinator without delay and your team will be awarded an additional 3 points.  Do not use electronic devices to call in or attract birds.  This includes owl calls before dawn.
7.  Attend the compilation dinner.  Come to the Kellogg Environmental Center at the end of the day to submit your checklist, share stories with other birders, and enjoy dinner. Prizes will be awarded to every participant and special prizes will be awarded to the teams scoring the most points or observing the most species. Find out which team will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy. It might be yours!

Chris Loscalzo
Mega Bowl Coordinator
Contact information:
203 389-6508 or




February 5, 2017
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Osbornedale State Park
500 Hawthorne ave, Derby, CT 06418 United States
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