Connecticut Audbon Society
Migration Madness

Migration Madness

Birdathon Rules

Migration Madness  Birdathon
Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2023
Look for birds anytime between 12:01 a.m. Saturday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Grand Prize: If you see 40 species over the weekend and raise or contribute $40, you’ll be entered in a raffle for this year’s grand prize — a beautiful bird carving by artist Keith Mueller. Your $10 entry fee will be counted toward the $40.


Most species seen on May 20 and 21 — adult participant

Most species seen on May 20 and 21 — young birder (under 18)

Most money raised by a Birdathon participant

(Note that we’ve eliminated the Team competition for 2023.)

School Competition

  • Most School Spirit (school with most active participants on Friday)

Photo Contest (see the Birdathon Prizes page for details)

  • Best Photo Taken All Weekend by an Adult; plus second place and honorable mention.
  • Best Photo Taken By a Young Birder

Participants must meet all deadlines to qualify for awards.

    1. Register by Sunday, May 21
    2. Submit final bird list by midnight, Monday, May 22

Participants must submit findings through eBird (

      1. By clicking this link on your computer (not on a mobile device), you can either create an eBird account or log in if you already have an account.

        Then simply accept the invitation for our “Migration Madness Trip.”

        Once you accept the trip invitation, all reports you submit from May 20-21 will automatically be added to our Migration Madness tally.

        You can use a computer or the eBird app on your phone to submit checklists. But to get started, you must click the link above on a computer.

      2. Birds not on this official checklist must be confirmed by a judge by photo or recording.

All sightings must occur in Connecticut, with one exception

    1. The section of Deer Pond Farm in New York, although you must be on the property at all times.

Abide by the Code of Birding Ethics, including:

      1. Use of drones, airplanes, helicopters, and hang gliders is prohibited.
      2. Refrain from using recordings to attract birds. Pishing is allowed.
      3. Avoid “bushwhacking,” stay on trails.
      4. Avoid approaching active nests.
      5. Attempt to minimize your impact on the environment.

Abide by the ABA Guidelines on Birding and Social Distancing

No trespassing on private property. Participants must have permission from landowners.

Prize Eligibility

  1. “Young Birders” must be 17 years of age or younger to qualify.
  2. Photo contest: Best photo must not be Photoshopped
    1. Allowed edits include cropping
    2. All elements must be from 1 original photo
    3. Original image must be available if requested
    4. Photos must be submitted without the photographer’s name on the image itself
    5. Best Photo participants may submit up to 3 images.
    6. Photos must be taken May 20-21 and submitted by Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m. to

      Connecticut Audubon Society staff members and their immediate families are not eligible for prizes


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