Sunday, February 07, 2010

Earth Day Birding Challenge - Recent Updates

The excitement builds as we get ready for Saturday April 24, when our club will host a friendly 24-hour birding competition and fundraiser. The Earth Day Birding Challenge registration form is now available and can be requested by emailing A $20 contribution to the Friends of the Desert Mts. signs you up!!

Teams will compete to identify as many bird species as they can in a 24-hour period by sight or by sound in the four counties included in the Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail: Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and San Diego. ABA “Big Day” rules apply.

All competing teams report to the finish line at the Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert between 6pm and midnight. Different competitive and non-competitive categories will be available such as: “sand to sea” (multiple counties – trophy category), “single county,” “single site,” “big sit” (one spot), “on foot”, “golf courses only”, and youth. Fun for all ages!

All participants (will pay a nominal entry fee and may choose to accept pledges to raise monies for conservation causes. The first $30 of pledges goes to the Friends of the Desert Mountains but any additional pledges can go to the conservation organization of your choice. Youth are free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Desert Mountains ( or call Tammy (760) 568-9918) and the Desert Cities Bird Club

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