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Birdathon

Fifth Annual
Tim McKay Mem
orial Birdathon

May 4 – 12, 2019

Birdathon flyer 2019

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.

New this year: This year we’re also offering the option for participants and donors to use an online system through RallyUP – https://go.rallyup.com/2019birdathon. This system not only allows participants to register and track their progress, join or form a team, but allows donors to see who is participating and who they want to support. Donors can pay via credit card, check or PayPal. There’s also a new FAQ section regarding this year’s Birdathon, so check it out and let the NEC know what you think!

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

 

Why: Birdathon proceeds benefit the NEC and Redwood Region Audubon Society (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.

How: Register your team by May 1 to the NEC the Sign-Up form or by phone (707-822-6918). 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!

Sign your team up HERE.

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

 

Species Checklist

Birdathon_Pledge_Sheet_2019

Team Captain Responsibilities, rules and dates 2019

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