Superbowl of Birding 2017

January 28, 2017

Lead Sponsor - Zeiss

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Top Teams from Superbowl XIII (2016)

Zeiss Joppa Cup

Blue-gray Passcatchers
Director's Award

Return of the Great Auks
Essex Co. Excels Award

NH 4th and Longspurs
Rockingham Co. Rocks Award

Snowy Howls
Seekers Award

NewBies Award

Ispwich River Robins
Lifer Award


Forms & Checklists

Contest Rules 117.10 kB
Bill Gette with winter birding group

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, the Joppa Flats is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XIV on January 28, 2017.

Superbowls I-XIII were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 18 years old or younger can vie for the Seekers Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.


  • $30 per participant if registered before January 1
  • $35 per participant if registered after January 1
  • $20 for participants 12 and under

Registration fees support refreshments and prizes for the winning teams.

To Register:

Please mail the completed registration form with appropriate fee(s) to:

Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

You may also register by calling 978-462-9998.

Abbreviated Rules

Date, Time, & Locations

January 28, 2017, 5:00 am–5:00 pm (Weather date: Sunday, January 29, 2017)
Essex County, MA, & Rockingham County, NH (Maps will be provided.)


Teams will consist of 4-7 individuals and must remain together for the entire contest. No splitting of teams is allowed. Teams must preregister for the contest.


Each species on the official contest checklist has a point value of 1-5 based on the perceived difficulty of finding the species at this time of year. The team that amasses the greatest number of points will be declared The Zeiss Joppa Cup winner. Each species may only be counted once. Each team must check in at the designated site by 5:30 pm of the contest day.


To be counted, all species must be on the Official Superbowl of Birding Checklist, or be species currently accepted by the Massachusetts or New Hampshire State Records Committees. Valid species not on the official checklist will have a point value of 5.