The June Challenge

What’s the June Challenge? It’s a much-anticipated way to keep us birding when the migrants have left us for their breeding grounds and the summer doldrums are starting to set in. It’s also a friendly competition and an Alachua County tradition.

Download the June Challenge Checklist as an Excel file that automatically keeps tally or as a PDF.


  • The June Challenge 2023

    The June Challenge 2023

    Long ago, in 2012, I won The June Challenge with 126 species and a friend commented, “I don’t think anyone will ever beat that total.” The phrase hadn’t been invented yet, but the proper response would have been, “OK Boomer.” My friend hadn’t foreseen today’s crop of birders, or the amazing communications network they would…

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  • Results of The June Challenge – 2022

    Results of The June Challenge – 2022

    Tim Hardin (left) and Jose-Miguel Ponciano shared the first place prize – possession of the trophy! There was a real spirit of adventure in this year’s June Challenge, and it was as much fun to watch as it was to participate in. Tim Hardin had told me in May that he wasn’t planning to push…

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  • Results of The June Challenge – 2020

    By Rex Rowan, July 2020 The 2020 June Challenge was … well, I’ll defer to Mitch Walters, who posted this on the Alachua County Birding Facebook page: “The year 2020 hasn’t been the best year, in fact, it’s been the literal worst. But June 2020 was arguably the best month of birding I’ve ever experienced…

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Results of The June Challenge 2019

By Rex Rowan, July 2019 – The 2019 June Challenge wrapped up with a party at the home of Becky Enneis, who founded the contest in 2004. Winners were announced, prizes were given, good food was eaten, conversation was enjoyed, and we finished … Continue reading 

Results of The June Challenge – 2017

By Rex Rowan, July 2017 – Deep, deep in the labyrinthine recesses of the Alachua Audubon Society web site are some rarely-visited pages. One of the most interesting and useful – or so we thought when we created it – is “Meet the Birders of Alachua … Continue reading 

Results of The June Challenge – 2016

By Rex Rowan, July 2016 – This year’s June Challenge attracted 42 participants, down from 46 last year and 50 in 2014. However a few birders who chased around enthusiastically at the beginning of the month and probably had totals in the vicinity of 100 species … Continue reading 

Results of The June Challenge – 2014

From: Rex Rowan <> July 3, 2014 – Greetings from New York! I’m visiting my son here in the absurdly beautiful village of Sackets Harbor at the east end of Lake Ontario, a place so small that it doesn’t … Continue reading 

The June Challenge 2014 – Alachua County Results

From: Rex Rowan <> To: Alachua County birding report Huh. I guess summer’s already over. I escorted visiting Clay County birders Martha Fethe and Jan Morgan out to see a Prothonotary Warbler today. We started at the Lake Alto Preserve, … Continue reading 


The 2013 June Challenge in Alachua County … and Beyond!

By Rex Rowan, July 2013 – The massive June Challenge trophy has a new home. Despite being a relative newcomer to Alachua County and spending the first week of the month in Maine, Jonathan Mays beat everyone else to … Continue reading