In celebration of bird migration and conservation, the Urban Ecology Center’s Research and Citizen Science Team is hosting the 4th Annual Green Birding Challenge! This unique challenge and fundraiser is the Center’s way of celebrating International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). The mission of IMBD is to increase awareness of birds and bird conservation throughout the Americas through festivals, counts, walk-a-thons, and the Urban Ecology Center’s Green Birding Challenge! This challenge involves teams competing to see who can find the most bird species in a morning, which is similar to events that happen across the country, but our challenge is unique in that all team-based counts are done without using any fossil fuels (no driving 100 miles to see a bonus bird). You can participate in this friendly challenge by putting together a team of birders and then choosing a challenge category. The Big Sit Challenge involves finding a location that you can walk or bike to and then sitting in a comfy lawn chair with coffee and letting the birds come to you (the challenge is in picking the best location). The Birding By Foot challenge involves hiking to and from the Center to build your list. Finally, if biking is your thing, join the biking challenge and visit hot spots around the city to build your list. Each bird found is essentially a monetary pledge to the Research and Citizen Science program, providing students and community members even more opportunities to learn about birds and other members of the natural world.