Tim McKay Memorial Birdathon
May 4 – 12, 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.
Western Bluebird - Photo: © Rob Fowler
Why: Birdathon proceeds benefit the NEC and Redwood Region Audubon Society 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.
Swallow - Photo: © Rob Fowler
How: Register your team by April 28th 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.