On 13 May 2023, teams around the world will take part in the John Stott memorial birding day organised by A Rocha to commemorate and celebrate our great friend and supporter John Stott’s legacy as a theologian, pastor and birdwatcher.
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2021 Winner – Best picture of human/bird interaction
Teams can be up to six people and you must be able to see each other at all times. Each team must log their data onto the same account. You can submit multiple checklists throughout the day, and we will aggregate the total number of species seen across all lists for your team. In the spirit of the event, please minimize your carbon output or consider off-setting with Climate Stewards.
Species must be seen within a 24hr period on 13 May, but data entered until 21 May will be counted. We will be working together as the John Stott Birding Day with the aim of seeing 2000 species globally – the total on John Stott’s life list.
On the day, the data logged will appear in near real-time so you can see your ranking.
The winner will be announced on this website and on social media on 22 May.
Thank you to everyone who took and shared pictures from the bird race. Here are the winners from 2022’s contest.
If a day simply birding doesn’t appeal, use 13 May as an opportunity to take some time out with God and learn more about him from the birds our teachers, as the title of one of John’s books called them.
We’ve put together some readings, prayers and reflections drawn from John’s writings, and invite you to head outside alone or with a small group of friends to open your life to the presence of God through the beauty of all he has made.
John Stott was at the forefront of bringing creation care to the attention of the global Church. He cared deeply for the plight of the planet because he was hardwired with a love of nature in general and of birds in particular. But he was also someone who listened carefully to the Bible and he heard within it God’s great love and concern for all he had made, as well as for people.
The John Stott memorial birding day is brought to you by A Rocha, a family of organizations around the world working in community-based nature conservation. Founded in 1983, we believe the care of creation belongs at the heart of our calling as followers of Christ. John Stott was a generous and encouraging friend to A Rocha from its earliest days; his influence continues to be felt in our culture, theology and values today.
To find out more about A Rocha, please visit arocha.org