From 10:30-11:30am, teams will have 60 minutes to identify as many birds as possible by sight or sound at Bartram’s Garden. This is a one-hour birding race, on foot. Teams must not use any vehicles or wheels to get around. Hence, the “Green” title. No motorized vehicles, no bicycles, skates, or skateboards are permitted. Click here to register.
From 11:30-12:30, walk the grounds with historian Joel Fry and learn about the Bartram family’s central role in early American ornithology—from Alexander Wilson’s intimate ties to the garden to William Bartram’s famously controversial account of the mysterious Painted Vulture.
From 12:30-1pm, a brown bag picnic lunch will be held at the Eastwick Pavillion, followed by the Philadelphia Bird Race Awards Ceremony at 1pm with special guest Richard Crossley, author of The Crossley ID Guide!
Awards are given in all categories, as well as in a photo contest. There is also an award for the team that raises the most money. Participating in the Philadelphia Bird Race is fun, social, and keeps people active and outside. It will bring the community together, offering the thrill of the chase, the puzzle of species identification, and the chance to help conserve birds in our own backyards.
The Philadelphia Bird Race officially begins on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at midnight and concludes on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at noon. Teams may choose any date and time during this week to compete in any of the competition’s categories across the five county region of southeastern Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. For more info, visit: philadelphiabirdrace.org.