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Big Green March Birding Madness Month

How many birds will you find in March?

Announcing BPQ’s Big Green March Birding Madness Month!

It’s March, it’s almost Spring, so what better month to get some Green Birding madness out of the way? We love the number 100 and we love birding, so we couldn’t resist combining the two to bring you BPQ’s Big Green March Birding Madness Month!

By now we hope you’ve heard of the Canada Goes Birding Challenge that challenges you to participate in several different “green” birding options as part of Bird Protection Quebec’s 100th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2017. In addition to the special monthly events already planned, we just came up with some added fun! Yes, it’s last minute, but you can’t stop a great idea from taking shape when it strikes. You gotta run with it! Or in this case, walking will do just fine too!

Will you find 100 species of birds in March? Maybe…we have a checklist for that!

We’ve compiled a new checklist of 100 birds you can hope to find somewhere in Quebec during the month of March. We are challenging you to try and find as many of them as possible between March 1st and 31st ; and to do so by applying the Sasquatch Hour or The Green Big Day criteria. It’s a challenge within a challenge!

The basic rule is that no means of motorized transportation is allowed once you start your count period. Bird anywhere you happen to be – in your backyard, your neighborhood, an urban park, country cottage– wherever, as long as it is in the province of Quebec, or elsewhere in Canada, you might hope to find these birds. You can do this as many days as you like during March to try and find as many of the birds on the checklist as possible.

Even attendance at a BPQ field trip can count for a Sasquatch Hour! So what are you waiting for? There are 100 birds out there waiting for you to go and find them! Will it be easy? Probably not. Will it be fun? You bet! Let us know how it’s going in the comments section below!

What you have to do to participate:

  1. Download a PDF version of the 100 Birds checklist to print and track your results on paper or keep the digital version on your phone.
  2. Read the Canada Goes Birding Challenge – Sasquatch Hour or Green Big Day.
  3. Register for the Canada Goes Birding Challenge by sending your name to
  4. Report your March Madness results no later than April 6 th, 2017 using this online formThe results will be posted by April 14th, 2017.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact: or

Please let us know how it’s going in the comments section below. We want to know about the birds you are seeing and hearing this spring!


Check eBird on where to find species you are interested in finding

There’s also an explanation about eBird usage on our website here and instructional videos here.

4 comments on “Big Green March Birding Madness Month

  1. Zofia Laubitz

    Very cool idea—I’m in! In fact, I’ve already checked off 9% of the list since March started!


  2. Connie

    That’s great Zofia! You’re certainly off to a “flying” start!

  3. Amy

    Not going to make it to 100 (I am predominantly a green birder and I’m a bit stricter on myself with ‘green’ rules, these are all on foot from home. Occasionally I get dropped off by my boyfriend on his way to work, and walk home, expands my territory a little bit). BUT, I’ve made it to 30 – equal with my total last year in March….surely I can find one more before the end of the month!

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