State environmental officials launching two birding challenges for 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials are launching two birding challenges for 2018, which has been dubbed the year of the bird.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a beginners birding challenge that’s open to anyone 16 years of age and younger. It’s an effort to get kids outside.

Also being introduced is a new birding challenge for adults . Birders must find at least 10 of 50 listed bird species found across the state. That shouldn’t be difficult since New York is home to more than 450 different bird species and has 59 bird conservation areas.

All participants in the challenge will receive a special certificate, bracelet, and will be entered into a drawing for a spotting scope.

All entries must be received by Sept. 30.?