Backyard Birding: It’s Contest Time!

May 6, 2020

May 11 Update – Today’s the deadline: Don’t forget to submit your backyard birding photos and results from your Global Big Day efforts. We can’t wait to see them! Email them to and include “Backyard Birding Contest” in the subject line.

Backyard Birding

Saturday, May 9, is the Global Big Day in Birding but under current Covid-19 restrictions, large groups gathering to birdwatch is strongly discouraged and even banned in a lot of places. So we’re participating in the Global Big Day in Backyard Birding instead.

You’d be surprised at how many different birds travel through back yards on their way back to their breeding grounds. You can see many of these brightly colored little jewels from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Unfortunately, as these birds travel through our neighborhoods, they face many dangers, including our windows. Birds can’t see glass and it’s not just big glass skyscrapers that contribute to the over 1 million birds that die every day in window collisions – houses do too.

The Prize

Wild Goose Chase is teaming up with Feather Friendly to spread the word about window collisions and spread the joy of birdwatching! This contest will have five categories and the winner in each category will receive a Triple Roll DIY Window Collision Prevention Kit from Feather Friendly. Enjoy birdwatching out your windows and make them safe for birds at the same time.

The Award Categories

  • Most species seen (submit checklist from eBird or take a photo of your notebook)
  • Best Photo
  • Best Family Birding Selfie
  • Best Backyard Feeder Setup
  • Most Creative Window Collision Prevention Technique


Your entry must be emailed to with “Backyard Birding Contest” in the subject line, no later than Monday, May 11, 2020. Submissions must include your name, city, and state. One submission per category per household. One winner will be chosen for each category with a one-win limit per household. All activities must take place at your own residence on May 9. No traveling to parks or nature preserves, that’s cheating! For more info on how to get started, take a look at our Backyard Birding blog!

Contact us to learn more about preventing bird collisions


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