The ongoing coronavirus crisis has shut down a number of birding events, but the prestigious World Series of Birding is moving ahead -- in a modified format. Run by New Jersey Audubon and typically restricted only to the state of New Jersey, the World Series of Birding has for this year only been opened up to all Atlantic Seaboard states, and is allowing teams to compete while following strict COVID-protection measures.
A team of Maine Audubon staff and board members jumped at the chance to enter the largest and most famous competition in American birding. The 37th annual competition is set for Saturday, May 9th, 2020, when birders will look and listen for as many bird species as possible from midnight to midnight.
The event will be a showcase for the diverse birdlife and habitat in Maine, as well as an opportunity to raise funds for Maine Audubon's conservation and education work.
Typically confined to the state of New Jersey, the famous World Series of Birding has been opened up for one year only to teams in other states. Teams must all follow special safety rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Team Maine Audubon
An all-star cast of Maine Audubon staff and board members have banded together to highlight the diversity of Maine birds and bird habitat. The team includes:
- Doug Hitchcox - Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist
- Linda Woodard & Turk Duddy - Scarborough Marsh Director and Educator
- Bob Duchesne - Penobscot Valley Chapter board member, and author of The Maine Birding Trail
- Nick Lund - Outreach and Network Manager, and writer at The Birdist.