Kiptopeke Challenge

Download the Kiptopeke Challenge brochure

The Kiptopeke Challenge, which began in 1996, is an annual team birding competition and fund-raising event, held in late September, at the height of migration. Prizes, including bronze bird trophies, are awarded in four categories: 24-hour, 3-hour, Youth and Special Venue, which includes areas not normally open to the general public. There is no entry fee. If you would like to form a team, be placed on an existing team, sponsor a team, donate prizes or just learn more, contact KC Coordinator Dave Youker at

The species summary results for all 21 years of the Kiptopeke Challenge (KC) are now available for viewing. Over the 21 years of the KC, there have been 257 species recorded during these single day events. The most recent addition to this list was a Mississippi Kite seen during the 2015 KC. View the list to see what species are seen every year, and what species are seen very infrequently.

Download the Kiptopeke Challenge Species Summary List

Past winners of the Youth Venue,
Margaret and Cameron O'Dell
(aka Team Juvie)

Take the Challenge!
Route-planning and bird-finding tips are available.
See our Calendar of Events for the date of the next Kiptopeke Challenge.