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    Join the National Wildlife Refuge Week eBird Challenge!

    Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week!  During the week of October 13-19, visit a National Wildlife Refuge, record the species and numbers of birds you see and enter the data on eBird.  Refuges need more good data on the bird distribution and usage of their properties, and birders using eBird can be a most valuable source of this information.  While you are on the refuge, snap a photo of yourself in front of the Refuge sign and send it to the Refuge Week eBird Challenge Facebook page along with the link to your checklist to be entered to win.  The more refuges you visit and the more checklists you submit increase your chances of winning.  In fact, if your picture shows a current duck stamp, we’ll give you double the entries!

    NWR eBird

    Prizes will be announced soon, but ABA and David Sibley have agreed to offer incentives to get you out in the field and using our refuge system. .

    To find a refuge near you visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ (enter your zip code on the right).

    To join the ranks of birders contributing to citizen science create an eBird account at ebird.org.

    To buy a duck stamp, visit your local post office or websites such as:
    http://www.gos.org/duckstamp/duckstamp.htm
    http://www.bsbobird.org/BSBO_Online_Swamp_Shop.htm#CONSERVATION_STAMPS_&_OTHER_ITEMS
    http://wsobirds.org/?p=4729

    Get out there and submit those checklists!

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    Nate Swick

    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.

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    • Debbie Beer

      Wonderful idea! Too bad the government shutdown has forced closure of all National Wildlife Refuges until further notice. I was looking forward to submitting data all week from my favorite John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. :(

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