Boreal Bird Blog
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Competing in the WSB

May 6, 2005 | David Childs

The World Series of Birding is one of the top competitive birding events in the world with 70-80 teams competing annually. The event is a 24-hour (midnight-to-midnight) marathon of skill, planning, and endurance. Teams of 3-5 birders compete to identify more species of birds in the allotted time than any other team within the state of New Jersey.

Birders log over 600 miles, racing from the state? northern highlands to its southern ocean beaches. Top teams regularly post some of the highest one-day totals in North America, often finding over 220 species. Top-ranking teams spend days prior to the event scouting the best locations and the hard-to-get species, then plan a route that takes as little time as possible.

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