New York officials launch annual birdwatching challenge

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is launching its annual birdwatching challenge, with versions for beginners and experts alike.

The “I Bird NY” beginner’s challenge is open to anyone 16 years old or younger. Participants must identify 10 common bird species listed on the challenge form available online.

In the experienced birder challenge , participants must identify at least 10 of 50 species and enter sighting information on the challenge form.

All will get a certificate, a bracelet and a chance to win birding accessories.

The challenge is open through Sept. 16. Details are posted on DEC’s website.
 

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