Presque Isle to offer bird watching contest in May

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May is one of the most popular months of the year for birdwatching on Presque Isle State Park, but who is the best bird watcher of them all?

It’s a competition sure to take flight:  just how many of Presque Isle’s 300 species of birds can you find in the month of May?  At stake are bragging rights, Field and Stream gift cards, and other prizes.  And some sights you might otherwise miss.

Presque Isle State Park’s Jared McGary says, “This is an exciting new event.  It is called the Presque Isle Big Month. Every year we get a lot of different bird species.  We get a lot of people who follow these birds, so we’re going to have a friendly competition this year”.

And, the month-long contest has another benefit, too; bringing repeated visits to the park from people looking to become Presque Isle’s Best Bird Watcher.

McGary says, “Now, whenever we do this competition, it applies only to the park so you can’t see a robin at home and put a robin on the list.  It has to be within the park boundaries.”

The big month birding competition goes from May 1st to May 31st.  You must hear, see, or photograph a species to get credit on the honor system.  It’s $20 to compete for the month in novice or pro categories.  Register by April 27th.  For more information, call 814-833-7424.

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