Last year Jennifer Outcalt and I (along with a few others and help from the banding station) spent three consecutive days trying to find as many species as possible in Winnebago County. While we could no way bird for 72 straight hours, the goal was and is again to bird as many hours as possible during those 72 hours.

While Jennie and I will be hitting many of the area’s top birding spots, we could certainly use some help especially to nab some of the “trickier” birds or rare birds. With dozens of miles of trails to cover and many miles of roads to get there, we will not have enough time for many of the forest preserves and other birdy areas.

So, if you’d wish to help out, email me for details — birdfreak [at] — or just record any birds you see during the three days and email them to me.

DATES: Friday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 25th
LOCATION: Anywhere within Winnebago County
GOAL: Species, not number of birds - 150

We are only counting species so this is a little less intense than the Spring Bird Count and doesn’t require the paperwork. I’ll post the final list on NCIOS as well as