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Swarovski Optik and Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD) are working together to find
extraordinary birding experiences in North America and we’re continuing our search
with the readers of BWD.
This is the 2017 edition of Swarovski Optik’s long-running and popular “Birder of the Year”
contest. To entice you to share your extraordinary birding experience, Swarovski Optik is
offering a fabulous prize: an all-expenses-paid birding trip to Costa Rica and new optics
from Swarovski Optik for the grand-prize-winning entry!
What do we mean by an “extraordinary birding experience?” It’s your most memorable,
most exciting, most amazing, most birdy, most enriching, most unusual, and/or your
most fun bird-watching experience. It’s the one you always tell your bird-watching
Entering is easy: simply visit birdwatchersdigest.com/boty and fill out the simple form,
including your short (750 words or fewer) account of your most extraordinary birding
experience. You can also send your name, address, phone number, and essay by regular
mail to Birder of the Year, c/o BWD, P.O. Box 110, Marietta, OH 45750. No purchase is necessary. Entries are due by January 15, 2017. We’ll read through all the entries, select the ones
that we feel are the most extraordinary, and announce the grand-prize winner and three
runners-up in the March/April 2017 issue of BWD.
Why are we looking for a story about an extraordinary birding experience? Extraordinary
experiences call for extraordinary optics, and that’s where our friends from Swarovski
Optik come in. So, what are you waiting for? Share your extraordinary birding experience
with us at birdwatchersdigest.com/boty and you just might be invited along for some
extraordinary birding in Costa Rica with Swarovski Optik!