The 2022 Youth Birding Competition ended April 23 (complete results). Congratulations to all who took part! Details on the 2023 competition will be available here later this year.
What is the YBC?
It's a fun, 24-hour birding completion held during a nine-day period that coincides with peak spring migration. In the YBC, teams of two to five youths compete against others by age division to find the most birds in Georgia. There are options for competing in-person and virtually. A banquet and awards ceremony follows on the last day at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center in Mansfield.
When is it?
In 2022, teams selected a contiguous 24-hour period between 5 p.m. April 15 and 5 p.m. April 23 to bird. Checklists were turned in via a shared eBird list or email no later than 5 p.m. April 22 – for teams competing virtually – or in person by 5 p.m. April 23 at the Conference Center. Dates and details on the 2023 competition will be posted here in late 2022.
Where is it?
Statewide! Visit as much or as little of Georgia as you want. There are no restrictions on where you can bird. Just make sure you have permission or the licenses/permits needed to access the sites you bird.
Do you need to be an expert?
No! We can pair your team with an experienced birder (mentor) to help you learn about the birds before the competition. Please note that during the competition, only youth participants can identify birds.
Who does it benefit?
Your team can use the Youth Birding Competition to raise money for the Georgia Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund – the main fund for DNR’s Wildlife Conservation Section – or for the conservation organization of your choice.
Are there prizes?
Of course! For each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12), teams will compete for most birds reported, most money raised and the top first-year teams. Grand prizes include new binoculars for the team finding the most birds. There also will be door prizes for almost all participants who attend the awards ceremony.
How much does it cost?
Participation is absolutely free (including the coveted YBC T-shirts).
How can you register?
Registration is online. The form will be posted here before the next competition.
Details on registration, rules, ethics, resources, becoming a mentor and more are included in the Youth Birding Competition booklet. The booklet includes a bird species checklist but you can also download one separately.
Enjoy drawing? Learn more about the related Youth Birding T-shirt Art Contest. Participation on a birding team is encouraged but not required to submit artwork. The deadline for entries to be emailed is March 15, 2022.
We strongly encourage that all teams make every effort to participate as safely as possible by following the guidelines listed in the competition booklet. These are provided to ensure that health and safety are top priority as participants have fun, connect with one another (virtually or safely in person) and fundraise for avian conservation throughout Georgia.
Georgia's Youth Birding Competition is primarily funded by The Environmental Resources Network Inc. (TERN), friends group of the Wildlife Resources Division's Wildlife Conservation Section. For more information on TERN, including how to become a member, call 478-994-1438 or visit TERN’s website. Donations are also provided by Georgia and Albany Audubon societies and Georgia Ornithological Society.