Bird Race

2023 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Bird Race

Saturday, May 13, 2023
5:00 am - 3:00 pm

What is the GSL Bird Fest Bird Race?     

The bird race is a modified big day birding competition. A big day in birding is when you try to identify as many species as possible in a single calendar day. In our version we have some unique rules, quirks, and most importantly, a shorter version instead of a full day, so teams can rest, and safely enjoy the event! The race will be organized into two team divisions: beginner and competitive, so birding teams of different skill levels can compete where they feel makes sense.

Create your team, review the rules below, and get ready to join us for this exciting pre-festival competition starting off from the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. Prizes and awards will be presented at the Opening Night Social on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm. 

Registration fee is $10 per person. Registration will open on March 20, 2023 at 10 am MT and will close on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 11:59 pm. 


Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Bird Race



  • Two divisions: Beginner and Competitive
    • Teams must include at least two birders and must all safely fit in one vehicle, or travel by bicycle. We recommend a team size of 2 to 5 birders.
    • If you do not have a team, we will work to place you on a team.
  • Teams will need to come up with a name.
    • Any age appropriate name welcome (sorry Mother Chukars)
  • The race will begin at 5:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2023 and run until 3:00 pm.
  • Teams will start and end at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center in Farmington, UT.
  • No playback will be allowed.
  • Teams must have at least one photographer.
  • Teams may ONLY go birding in counties that border the eastern edge of the Great Salt Lake.
    • Davis County
    • Salt Lake County
    • Weber County
    • Box Elder County
  • Teams must track their species via EBird.
    • At the end of the event teams need to generate a trip report via eBird.
    • Name the report as follows: 2023 GSLBF Bird Race: “enter team name”


  • Teams will receive points per species with up to 4 points available.
    • 1 point for a heard only ID
    • 2 points for a visual ID
    • 4 points for a photo ID
    • The team that has the highest combined score for total birds in each division will be the winner.
  • Best Photo
    • Teams will submit their single best photo by 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 14 to GSLBirdFest@daviscountyutah.gov. Include "Team Name Best Photo" in the subject line and include the bird species and where the photo was taken in the email body. 
    • Photos will be posted to the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Facebook page on Monday 5/15 and the photo with the most “likes” by 5:00 pm Friday, May 19, 2023 will be the winner. 


    Tag your photos on social media with #gslbirdfest and #utahbirdrace

    Prizes will be given for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and Participation. 

    If you or your business would like to sponsor the GSL Bird Festival Bird Race by donating prizes or swag, please reach out by email to GSLBirdFest@daviscountyutah.gov or by phone to 801.451.3286.


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