2024 Urban Birding Challenge | May 8 - 12, 2024

Come join us for a fun-filled multi-day birding event to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Grab your binoculars and join us for a family-friendly birding challenge to spot the most birds in Windsor during a 24 hour period.

All events are FREE and open to all levels of birders.

Event Details

The second annual Windsor Urban Birding Challenge is an event created by The Pelee Island Bird Observatory and the Bird Friendly Windsor Team. The event aims to introduce new birders to discovering nature in their city and to challenge experienced birders in an urban environment. It also incorporates the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrations, which have the theme of ‘insects’ for 2024. The challenge runs for 24 hours, however you can choose the amount of time spent birding.

Wednesday, May 8 | Ojibway Nature Centre | 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Join hosts The Essex County Field Naturalists, as we welcome our keynote speaker, Rodrigo Lopez Valdes of Sociedad Audubon de Mexico give his presentation on the Rose-bellied Bunting.

Thursday, May 9 | Cafe Amor and Art | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Join us for coffee and pastries with Rodrigo Lopez Valdes, who will give an encore talk on the Rose-bellied Bunting in the meeting room at the cafe.

Friday, May 10 | via Zoom | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Dowitcher Diaries: Learning from Subarctic Breeding Shorebirds. Bird talk with PIBO spring Assistant Bander, Olivia Maillet. (Zoom meeting link. Meeting ID 872 1356 2616. Passcode 257037)

Saturday, May 11 | City of Windsor | 12 noon
The 24 -hour race begins! Teams all over the city log their bird sightings on e-bird

Sunday, May 12 | Capri Pizza Community Centre | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
The Awards Ceremony. Celebrate with us with some food and drinks. Prizes will be given in the categories shown.

Prize Categories

1. The team/individual with the highest number of species sighted in the 24-hour period

2. The team/individual with the highest number of insectivore species sighted (WMBD theme)

3. The team/individual with the highest species of nocturnal birds sighted/heard