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First-ever state ‘birding bowl’ offers prizes of up to $1,000

Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 30, 2023

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska Examiner) — Bird watchers could earn up to a $1,000 prize by participating in a first-ever “Birding Bowl” in Nebraska.

The free, statewide birding competition will take place throughout May, which is Nebraska Bird Month.

In the competition, bird watchers log their observations into a web-based “eBird” system, which provides data for bird conservation while also tracking species across the state.

People can participate as individuals or as part of a team, but they must choose a category in which to participate:

  • Fledgling Flock — for youth groups, introducing them to birding.
  • Backyard Birder — for households that enjoy watching birds from their home.
  • Dabbling Birder — for beginner-to-casual birders.
  • Competitive Birder — for those who like to observe the most bird species.

Participants can win prizes ranging from bird feeders and a pair of binoculars, to up to a $1,000 cash prize.

To register and learn more about the Nebraska Birding Bowl, go to

The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with Audubon Great Plains and the Wild Bird Habitat Store.

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