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Third Annual
Tim McKay Memorial Birdathon

May 6 - 14, 2017

 

 

The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) are again teaming up to sponsor the Tim McKay Memorial Birdathon! Tim McKay was the longtime director of the NEC. The Birdathon will benefit the NEC and RRAS equally.

What is a Birdathon? : Similar to a walk-a-thon, where you raise money from sponsors for each mile walked, a birdathon is a way of raising donations by the amount of bird species that are identified within a 24-hour timeframe. Anyone can participate in a birdathon, from expert birders to beginners, it is a fun and educational event for all ages.

Western bluebird - Photo: © Rob FowlerWestern bluebird - Photo: © Rob FowlerWhen: The 2017 Tim McKay Birdathon will be held during the week of May 6 - 14 to allow groups or individuals the freedom of picking any 24 hour period to participate.

Why: Birdathon proceeds benefit the NEC and RRAS equally. The NEC and RRAS do a tremendous amount for our community. They work on a shoestring and succeed only with determination, devotion and aid from great volunteers. For over 40 years, the NEC has served as a vital hub for information and programs that involve, inform and inspire residents with regard to environmental issues that matter most on California’s North Coast. From watershed awareness and climate action to beach cleanups and celebratory all-species parades, the NEC has been at the forefront for all of us.

RRAS is an all volunteer organization and it is amazing that they coordinate the leadership of weekly and monthly bird and nature walks, write and publish The Sandpiper (the quarterly newsletter which comes packaged with EcoNews), provide educational programs for local teachers and schools, host topical speakers once a month, and use reserve funds to help purchase at-risk properties for the improvement of habitat for birds and humans.

Great gray owl - Photo: © Rob FowlerGreat gray owl - Photo: © Rob Fowler

How: You can register as a team (usually 2-6 folks per team) or as an individual. Team names are both fun and helpful. Print out copies of the pledge forms for your teammates and have every team member obtain pledge donations from friends, family, or strangers. Make sure they follow up to collect the funds! Please contact us at nec@yournec.org or by phone at the NEC (707-822-6918) to register your team.


Birdathon Responsibilities, Rules and Dates

Birdathon Pledge Form

Species Checklist

Post-Birdathon Summary Sheet

 

To make a donation directly to the Birdathon in lieu of participating, click the donate button below.