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Allerton Park Birding Big Year

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Allerton Park & Retreat Center

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello, IL 61856

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A Birding Big Year is an informal competition amongst birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each participant that registers for the contest and enters at least one bird sighting into eBird will be entered into a lottery for a spring 2018 guided hike to the Allerton Heron Rookery. The participant that observes the most bird species at Allerton during 2017 (January 1st - December 31st) will win an original bird illustration by Allerton Natural Areas Manager Nate Beccue.

For more information on this event and on the birds of Allerton Park please click here.

*Some areas of Allerton Park are closed New Years Day and Christmas Day. The Lost Garden area of Allerton Park is always open.


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