Superbowl of Birding
Superbowl XVI—January 19, 2019
Lead Corporate Sponsor
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 16 years old or younger can vie for the Newbies 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
- Townie Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a single municipality
- 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 16 years of age or younger
- Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition
Joppa Flats is pleased to report another outstanding Superbowl of Birding. This year's event was held on January 19, with 21 teams and over 100 participants competing.
The Thrashers, captained by Davey Walters, won the Zeiss Joppa Cup with a remarkable total of 215 points! All of the team names, point, and species totals are listed below.
The total number of species recorded by all teams this year was a very respectable 126, including 6 write-in species—Evening Grosbeak, Tufted Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Common Yellowthroat, Black Vulture, and Redhead.