Superbowl of Birding
Lead Sponsor - Zeiss
Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, the Joppa Flats hosts the Superbowl of Birding event every January.
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.
- The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
- Director's Award: Greatest number of species
- Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
- Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
- Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
- Sitting Duck Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a fixed point
- Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
- Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
- Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 18 years of age or younger
- Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition
The Superbowl of Birding XIII was held on an uncharacteristically warm January 30, 2016. Twenty-three teams, comprising over 100 participants, competed for prizes in six categories. And here are the results!
Thanks to the fantastic Joppa Flats volunteers and staff, including the judges, checkers, set-up crew, dinner helpers, and especially Madame Chief Justice Ann Gurka, the salad queen Meg de Give, and the cookie queen Julia Yoshida.
Thanks also to our sponsors: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Bird Watcher's Supply and Gift, Perseus Distribution, Joppa Flats, and Anonymous Donors.
Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without the help of all, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
Thanks to all for the great birding, huge help from all the volunteers and staff at Joppa, and fabulous sponsors. See you all next year at Superbowl XIV.