The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!

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 4:30 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 participant. Special prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and other accomplishments to be determined.  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 areas to see specific species that are typically found there.  They can visit any public site (such as a state or town park), but they must obey standard birding etiquette rules and obey all property signs and rules of the road.
Participants have the opportunity, but not the obligation, to raise money for the event by having friends, family members, or employees pledge a certain amount of money for each point their team earns. A voluntary donation is an option, as well.  The money raised will go to the New Haven Bird Club and any other environmental organization of the team’s choosing.
The Mega Bowl is inspired by the Superbowl of Birding held each January in Northeast New England by Mass Audubon. The organizers of that event have generously given their consent for us to hold our own, similar event.
Anyone interested in participating in the Mega Bowl will need to register in advance.  The deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 31st.  Participants may sign up as a team, or individuals can submit their names and they will be put in contact with other individuals looking to become members of a team.  The participants are encouraged to be creative in coming up with a name for their team.
In the event of inclement weather on the 5th, the event may be held on Saturday, February 11th.
The official rules for the event and the Mega Bowl Checklist of bird species will be posted in the near future.
Chris Loscalzo                                                   1/23/17
Mega Bowl Coordinator
Contact information:
203 389-6508 or closcalz@optonline.net

 

 

 

 

 

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