Superbowl of Birding 2020

January 25, 2020
Bill Gette with winter birding group

Lead Sponsor - Zeiss

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Forms & Checklists

Official Checklist 286.29 kB
Contest Rules 125.73 kB

Top Teams from Superbowl XVI (2019)

The Thrashers
Zeiss Joppa Cup

Team Tanager
Director's Award

Blue-gray Passcatchers
Essex Co. Excels Award

Zone-tailed Blitzers
Rockingham Co. Rocks Award

Buffalo Razorbills
Parker River NWR Award

Twitchers Out of the Rye
Townie Award

Drumlin Farm Peregrine Birders 
Seekers Award

Frequent Dippers
Newbies Award

Wapiti Watchers
Fledgling Award

Gordon College Kingpishers
Lifer Award

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 XVII on January 25, 2020.

Superbowls I-XVI 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.


  • $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

Saturday, January 25, 5:00 am–5:00 pm 
(Weather Date: Sunday, January 26)


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.