PRATT – The 2023 Kansas Birding Big Year Contest, hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), is officially underway! Participation is simple; record the number of unique bird species you see in Kansas from January 1 to December 1. 31, 2023 and submit your results. You could end up winning the 2023 Kansas Birding Big Year!
Participants of all skill levels are invited to compete in one of three age groups: youth (17 and older), adult (18 to 64), or senior (65 and older). The winners of each category will receive prizes to be awarded in January 2024.
The winners will be recognized and awarded in mid-January of the following calendar year. The award categories are as follows: Youth, Novice Adult, Intermediate Adult, Advanced Adult, and Senior.
The 2022 Kansas Birding Big Year Contest concluded in December 2022, with young entrant Franklin Miller reclaiming the title of “Kansas’ Top Birder” after identifying 322 bird species unique to the state last year.
Below are the top 2022 winners in each category.
denotes a Top 10 overall rating.
Sponsors of the 2022 Kansas Big Birding Year Competition include: City of Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Acorn Naturalists, The Kansas Ornithological Society, Dr. Robert Penner, and KDWP.
For more information on the Kansas Birding Big Year, visit ksoutdoors.com/services/Wildlife-Diversity/2023-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year.