What is a Birdathon?
A Birdathon is a fun, bird-nerdy fund-raisers. Here’s how it works:
- A team of birders solicits pledges from friends, family – heck, even strangers! Pledges can be per-species, or a flat amount.
- The team picks a day, usually in early May to maximize total possible species. Early May is a heavy migration time and you are apt to see lots of species – those that will stick around for the summer, but also many that are just passing through.
- The team goes out birding for a full 24-hour period or agrees to look for birds over a 2-day period, recording each species they see.
- The team notifies all the people who pledged and collects the money to donate to Audubon.
The Fledglings – first Saturday in May
A group of Jamestown Audubon educators and their friends and fans have been doing the Birdathon since 2003 in order to raise an annual scholarship. They call themselves The Fledglings. (Learn more about the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship by clicking here.)
How You Can Get Involved
- Go birding with The Fledglings. Call Audubon at (716) 569-2345 and leave a message for the Education Staff that you want to go with us on the 1st Saturday in May.
- Solicit pledges for The Fledglings. Click here to download a form.
- Pledge or Donate to The Fledglings. You can make your donation now by clicking the “Donate” button below, or scroll a little further to pledge and pay later.
- Start your own Birdathon team. Call us at Audubon if you need help.
Donate a Set Amount to the Fledging Team (Scholarship) Now!
Birdathon II – held to coincide with the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s Spring Count
This is a different twist to the Birdathon. Held on a Saturday & Sunday in mid-May we will have Birdathon II to coincide with the Buffalo Ornithological Society Bird Count, so you can even double up and report your birds in two places.
How does this work? We ask JAS Birders to keep count of the birds that they see during the weekend and report the species to us. We will tally the TOTAL number of species seen by Jamestown Auduboners and ask for donations for the effort, either per species or a total amount. In 2012, nine individuals and teams totaling 30 people participated. The weather was wonderful, and the total species count was 137!
So if, like some of us, you prefer not to burn fossil fuel and just bird around the yard, or like others, you want to see if you can see 100 species in a day; either way you can participate. Ask your friends to sponsor you (it is a fundraiser after all, click here for a form), or just contribute your count to the total. Please provide your species list to Jamestown Audubon president Ruth Lundin (rlundin at jamestownaudubon dot org) by May 25 to be a part of the tally.
Donate a Set Amount to Birdathon II Now!
Or Pledge Now, Pay Later: