TBY Prizes

In order to be eligible for prizes, participants must be registered on the Tahoe Big Year website and members, in good standing, of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. TINS staff will not be eligible to win prizes.

Year-end Prizes

Year-end prizes for the most species of birds seen within the TBY boundaries between January 1st and December 31st, 2021 will be awarded for two categories:
  • 15 years and younger, as of January 1st, 2021
  • 16 years and older
First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each category. Prizes will be given out at the year-end gala to be held mid- to late January 2022. Participants need not be present to win.

Monthly Prizes

After each month, a random drawing will be held to award a prize to one lucky participant. To be eligible for the random drawing, participants need to have at least one sighting entered on the Tahoe Big Year website for the previous month. Eligible sightings must conform to all TBY Participation Rules. Drawings for monthly prizes will be held on the first Wednesday of each following month (e.g., the first drawing will take place on Wednesday, February 4th, 2021). A participant may only win a monthly prize twice during the year.


A complete list of prizes will be unveiled closer to the beginning of the competition.