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Wyoming Birding Bonanza

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Birding Bonanza Rules

Wyoming Birding Bonanza 2012

Please familiarize yourself with and comply with the following rules. Participants are also advised to read the American Birding Association's Code of Ethics.


  1. Participants will count only full species as defined by the current ABA checklist.

  2. Birds identified to a taxonomic level above species may be counted if no other member of the taxonomic level are on the checklist. For example, duck sp. can be counted if no other ducks are seen.

  3. Birds counted must be alive and unrestrained. Sick and injured birds are countable. Nests and eggs do not count.

  4. Electronic devices are allowed, but see ethics for guidelines.

  5. Checklists must be complete to count, casual observations do not count.


We will extract final eBird data for the Bonanza on June 1, 2013.


Anywhere in Wyoming!


  1. Anyone participating in a Big Day attempt must follow ABA Big Day rules.


  1. Participants must only count birds unquestionably identified. If in doubt, leave it out.

  2. Know and abide by the rules.

  3. Share information with other birders, they'll thank you!


Accuracy and honesty are crucial. If participants observe other participants violating the rules or the spirit of the ABA's code of ethics, they may file a protest. This protest may result in the expulsion of the participant(s) from current and future Wyoming Birding Bonanza events.


The Wyoming Birding Bonanza is free and open to the public.

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