Virtual - Backyard Birding Blitz

7:45-3:00pm CDT, May 8th, Online via Youtube Live and Zoom
Registration is required for this program. 

(For everyone) Spring is finally here, bringing warmth, energy and birds to our lives! Join us for a virtual birding adventure from your backyard or neighborhood as we collectively try to document as many birds as we can without using fossil fuels. This is the perfect FREE event for families, those who have never birded in their lives, or for those who have been doing it their whole lives. UEC staff will be on Youtube live answering all your questions on birds throughout the duration of the event including a live banding demonstration from Al Sherkow, Master Bird Bander as he explains bird banding using mists nest which will all be live-streamed. And finally, raffle prizes will be awarded to successful checklist submissions. See you there!

Huge thanks to our sponsor Bogs!

Upon registration, you will be sent an email containing the link to the session. Look for this email 1 hour prior to event start time. (If you do not see this email, it might be based on your personal email filter settings - be sure to check your spam folder)

For questions about this program, contact Ethan Bott at

Please keep in mind this event has more than one way to participate. Please see descriptions below and indicate which Challenge you'll be participating in when registering. 

Home Challenge: Record as many birds as you can within the limits of what you consider home or consider your place of residence. While you bird from your backyard, stay tuned on Youtube Live as we will go through a live bird banding demonstration where we will observe the processes and discus the education and research value of this method of ornithological study. The challenge will end with Live Nature Themed Trivia along with a raffle prize drawing for those that share a checklist on eBird to the account: UrbanEcoCtr. Optional start at 6:45am.  Via Youtube Live, 7:45-10:45am.

Neighborhood Challenge: Record as many birds as you can in your neighborhood without using fossil fuels (bikes are permitted). The challenge will end with Live Nature Themed Trivia starting along with a raffle prize drawing for those that share a checklist on eBird to the account: UrbanEcoCtr. Optional start at 6:45am. Via Youtube Live, 7:45-10:45am.

Family Challenge: Grab the kids and get to know what makes birds different from other animals. Explore the outdoors with your family as we embark on a birding scavenger hunt. Let’s see how many feathers friends we can find outside using monoculars we'll craft ourselves! Via Zoom, 1-3pm CST.

Pick your price
Personal financial situations vary widely so we provide multiple pricing options to make our programs accessible. The highest listed price fully covers the cost of the program. Lower prices reflect the generosity of our supporters who help us ensure programs are available to everyone. Please choose the option that best fits you, your family and your guests.

Whatever price you pick, Members get 20% off!
If you are a member, be sure to sign in to your account above to have your discount automatically applied. If you haven’t created an account with our new system, be sure to create one using the email address associated with your membership. If you don’t know if your membership is current or aren’t sure what email address we have on file, please reach out to our Membership Manager, Glenna Holstein at To become a member, click here!

Confirmation/Cancellation Policy:

If you sign up for a program and your plans change, we kindly request that you let us know at least 10 business days in advance so we have the opportunity to offer a program to others. We will provide refunds as follows: 10 business days or more: full refund, 5-9 business days: 50% refund, 0-4 business days: no refund.