I Bird NY: Experienced Birder Challenge - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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I Bird NY: Experienced Birder Challenge

Take the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge!

The Experienced Birder Challenge: If you are already a birder, take your birding to the next level by taking the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge! The bird species listed on this webpage represent birds from a variety of habitats all across New York State.

Find any 10 (or more) of the bird species listed below to complete the challenge and for each bird you find, complete the information on the entry sheet. Some species are common and found in many places, while others are rare and may be limited to a specific habitat or part of the state, so everyone can find some of them. Download our I Bird NY Experienced Challenge form (PDF 180 KB).


Learn more about these birds on this page where each species is profiled. The deadline is September 30th, 2018 for submitting your challenge form. Download your challenge form here.

Bird Species

American Kestrel
American Bittern Fact Sheet
American Woodcock
Bald Eagle Fact Sheet
Bicknell's Thrush Fact Sheet
Black Rail Fact Sheet
Black Skimmer Fact Sheet
Black Tern Fact Sheet
Bobolink
Canada Goose
Cerulean Warbler Fact Sheet
Common Loon Fact Sheet
Common Nighthawk Fact Sheet
Common Tern Fact Sheet
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Golden Eagle Fact Sheet
Golden-winged Warbler Fact Sheet
Grasshopper Sparrow Fact Sheet
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Henslow's Sparrow Fact Sheet
Horned Lark Fact Sheet
King Rail Fact Sheet
Least Bittern Fact Sheet
Least Tern Fact Sheet
Loggerhead Shrike Fact Sheet
Northern Harrier Fact Sheet
Osprey Fact Sheet
Peregrine Falcon Fact Sheet
Pied-billed Grebe Fact Sheet
Piping Plover Fact Sheet
Red-headed Woodpecker Fact Sheet
Red-shouldered Hawk Fact Sheet
Ring-necked Pheasant
Roseate Tern Fact Sheet
Ruffed Grouse
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow Fact Sheet
Sedge Wren Fact Sheet
Short-eared Owl Fact Sheet
Spruce Grouse Fact Sheet
Trumpeter Swan (Link leaves DEC website)
Tundra Swan (Link leaves DEC website)
Upland Sandpiper Fact Sheet
Vesper Sparrow Fact Sheet
Whip-poor-will Fact Sheet
Wild Turkey
Yellow-breasted Chat Fact Sheet