Kiptopeke Challenge

Download the Kiptopeke Challenge brochure

Join the birding craze! Where else can you enjoy the beautiful outdoors, witness the majesty of migrating birds, and support an important conservation organization all at the same time.

The Kiptopeke Challenge, which began in 1995, is an annual team birding event and fund-raising activity for CVWO. Itís held in late September during the height of migration. Teams come together to scour the Coastal Plains of Virginia in an attempt to find as many different species as possible; and of course, to raise money to support the CVWO mission. Prizes, including bronze bird trophies, are awarded in four categories: 24-hour, 3-hour, Youth, and Special Venue. There is no entry fee, but fund-raising is encouraged. 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 23 years of the KC are now available for viewing. Over the 23 years of the KC, there have been 260 species recorded during these single day events. The most recent addition to this list was a Lincolnís Sparrow seen during the 2017 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

Latest winners of the Youth category: Baxter Beamer, Gabriel Maple and Max Nootbar (aka Great Horns)

Take the Challenge and become part of this conservation community!

See our Calendar of Events for the date of the next Kiptopeke Challenge.