6th Annual Tim McKay Memorial Birdathon | Sept 12-20

Sixth Annual
Tim McKay Mem
orial Birdathon

Have you been looking to do a little stint in birding? Do you have eyes like a hawk?
You’re a lucky duck—the 6th Annual Tim McKay Birdathon is upon us!

Birdathon Pledge Sheet 2020
Species Checklist


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What is 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 Fowler, used with permission.
Western bluebird. Photo: © Rob Fowler, used with permission.

Why: Birdathon proceeds benefit the Northcoast Environmental Center and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) equally. The NEC and RRAS do a tremendous amount for our community. They work on a shoestring budget and succeed only with determination, devotion and aid from great volunteers. For 50 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 monthly 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.

How: Contact Gary Friedrichsen at 707-496-6581 to learn how to participate. 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!

Golden-crowned kinglet. Photo: © Rob Fowler, used with permission.
Golden-crowned kinglet. Photo: © Rob Fowler, used with permission.


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