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DEC encourages birding through “I Bird NY” challenge

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) launched the “I Bird NY” Challenge, encouraging New Yorkers to identify 10 of the state’s 450 native bird species. Participants of all ages and skill levels are urged to explore their backyards, local parks, and over 350 Birding Trails across New York to spot and log different bird species by November 1.


Participants are required to document each bird sighting, noting the species, location, and date. Submissions can be made through mail, email, or an online form provided by the DEC. This initiative not only promotes outdoor activity but also educates the public about the local avian population.

Those who successfully complete the challenge will receive a special patch, a certificate of completion, and enter a drawing to win birding equipment. The DEC aims to enhance wildlife appreciation and conservation efforts through this engaging statewide activity.