The June Challenge is a friendly competition designed to keep us birding through the summer heat rather than cowering indoors like a bunch of, pardon my French, non-birders. For those of you where it isn't so hot, good for you. The aim of the competition is for each individual contestant to see as many species as possible within the boundaries of his or her county/region (I say region for those not in a country with counties) between June 1st and June 30th. The rules were laid down in 2004 by Alachua's Becky Enneis, who originated the Challenge:
Last year there were 102 submissions from 24 Florida counties, plus submissions from counties in Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and New York. The results were reported here: 2015 June Challenge Results
Results entered here on this site will be downloadable by participants now and in the future.
Hints for new Challengers: Bird as much as you can during the first and last weeks of the month, to get late spring and early fall migrants. Those of you in landlocked counties, check your big lakes for coastal strays like gulls, terns, and pelicans. -Rex Rowan
I would like to thank Rex Rowan for his leadership in managing this friendly completion. I hope you all find this website helpful as you participate in June Challenge. Please let me know of difficulties using the site and suggestions that would make it better. Trey Mitchell - Miami-Dade County, Florida
I've been trying to do this website for several years. This year I finally got to the place where I made the time to get it going. The site is not complete but it is ready to Register Users, Receive Observations and shortly will present the observations in a fun informative way.
The June Challenge has its own counting rules, which are fairly simple. At the end of the month we ask that participants submit their lists in this format: "Total species (ABA-countable species / ABA-non-countable species)." So if I saw 100 species of native birds, plus free-flying Indian Peafowl and Gray Crowned-Crane, I'd report "102 (100/2)."
ABA-countable species that you see. The ABA checklist is here, in case you have any questions. This category includes Whooping Crane, feral Muscovy Duck, Mallard, and Canada Goose, as well as ABA-accepted exotics like Monk Parakeet and Nanday Parakeet.
ABA-non-countable species that you see, IF they are free flying and self supporting (i.e., not pinioned, not fed by an individual or a municipality).
ABA countable/non-countable birds that you only hear.
Birds that are identifiable only to genus or a higher taxonomic category, like "tern sp."Rex Rowan