Big Year 2018


Patch category

The counting will begin at midnight on January 1, 2018, and will end December 31 at 11:59 PM. Your patch is defined by a 3-mile radius around your house. Any birds seen within this circle may be counted. This is an honor system but documentation (notes, field sketch, or photos) is wanted for birds listed as rare by eBird. The reviewers Eddie, Lucas, and Oliver will either accept or decline the records as a committee. If any of your records are unaccepted by eBird they will not count.

General Category

This category is a competition to see as many bird species as possible anywhere in the world in a single calendar year. Any birds seen after 12:00 on January 1st and before 11:59 on December 31st can be counted towards your total. However, for a bird to be counted, it must have evidence to back up the supposed sighting. For example, if a rarity is sighted, you must have detailed notes, a drawing, or a photograph to prove that this bird was sighted. The reviewers Eddie, Lucas, and Oliver will either accept or decline as a committee. You will have to list the species you have seen on a checklist or ebird.


  1. Counting
    1. This contest relies on the honor system, please be truthful.
    2. To count, all sightings must be entered into eBird.
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    3. If you happen to find a rarity, it has to be documented (with a photo, drawing, and/or field notes)
    4. Only confirmed records count!
  2. Counting area (patch category only)
    1. Anywhere within the 4 mile radius of your house, everyone participating in this competition will get a map of their patch.
    2. Flyovers only count if seen within the 4 mile radius circle.
  3. Submitting counts
    1. Please view the video (see at end of page) on how to upload your sightings to us.
    2. All counts must be between January 1, 2018 and  December 31, 2018.

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