Join us on Monday, May 2, for the 13th annual Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge. Teams from each of the five Grosse Pointes will be spreading out across their communities to count as many bird species as possible. The team that gets the most points at the end of the competition wins!
The rules are pretty simple:
1. The competition starts anytime after midnight.
2. You are not restricted to the city you live in, but there is only one team per community. Just let Challenge Commissioner Mark O'Keefe know which city you plan to bird in advance. If you decide to become the Shores team, you will be able to bird the Ford House.
3. We're on the honor system. Nevertheless, claims of extremely rare birds will likely be challenged by the other competitors. You may be asked to provide proof.
4. The bonus bird this year is the Swainson's Thrush. Find it and get a bonus!
5. Meet at Panera Bread in the Village in Grosse Pointe at noon sharp to tabulate. Each team will receive one point for every species it sees. The bonus bird is worth five points.
6. Be on time for the tabulation. One point will be deducted for each minute you are late.
7. All decisions of the Commissioner of the Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge are final and are not reviewable by a court of law or a congressional committee.
Non-Grosse Pointe residents are welcome. Contact Grosse Pointe Audubon president Bill Rapai for more information.