The 2022 Semi-Superbowl of Birding II

January 29, 2022
Two birders spread out from each other on a beach

Saturday, January 29 • 5:00 am-5:00 pm

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire, and we celebrate each year by sponsoring the Superbowl of Birding. Instead of the Superbowl of Birding XVIII, this year we will run the Semi-Superbowl of Birding II on January 29, 2022.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to use a modified scope and rules. Please review the rules carefully to see how we have constructed the event for this year. Key points are that there is no gathering at the end of the day, we will meet the next evening online, but the team structure and awards are similar to previous contests.

This remains 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 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 to win this competition. However, the event consists of activities appropriate for all levels of birders. Prizes are awarded in 11 categories. Dedicated birders can compete for several awards, including the Joppa Cup and Dave Larson Award, while anyone can compete for the Townie or Sitting Duck Awards.

How to Participate

$20 per Adult (ages 13 & up) • $10 per Child (ages 6-12)

All participants must register online. Team Captains should email us the names of all team members as well as your team name.

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NOTE: Teams may consist of 4 to 7 people.


Official Checklist 304.17 kB
Contest Rules 85.19 kB

Abbreviated Rules for 2022

Date & Time

Saturday, January 29, 5:00 am–5:00 pm 
(Weather Date: Sunday, January 30)


Essex County, MA & Rockingham County, NH
(maps will be provided)


Teams may consist of 4-7 people and must remain together for the entire contest. Teams may NOT be split up to bird different areas simultaneously

  • All Massachusetts and Mass Audubon safety precautions in effect at the start of the contest must be followed.
  • 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 Joppa Cup winner.

  • Each species may only be counted once.
  • Team checklists must be submitted online.


To be counted, all species must be on the  Official Contest 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.

Awarding of Prizes

All winners of this year's awards will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony the evening after the contest. Winners will also be announced on Massbird, NHBird, and the Mass Audubon website. Prizes are limited to bragging rights.