Birdathon 2017 is set for the weekend of April 29 and 30. This is our yearly
fundraiser for the Hesthavn Nature Center. In past years we've raised
thousands of dollars for projects and improvements for this wonderful local
How it works: Put together a team (or go solo). Ask people to sponsor you at
so many cents a bird, or for a flat rate. Then go birding the weekend of
April 29 and 30 and see how many species you can get! (Another weekend in
that time frame is fine too, if you have a birding trip planned or a
scheduling conflict.) Bird anywhere - your backyard, the coast, the Rio
Grande. the sky's the limit (literally). If you feel shy about asking people
to sponsor you, get creative. For example, you can pledge to your own team,
perhaps in honor of a nature-loving relative. Just drop me an email to let
me know you are planning to participate. Sponsor forms and report forms will
be on the ASC website under Birdathon. Results will be announced at the May
meeting and in the summer Chat.
If you own a local business, you could generate some good publicity by
having your business be a sponsor of the event. Your business could sponsor
every team at a certain rate. This encourages more people to form a team
and participate, knowing they already have their first sponsor. Beyond
raising more funds for Hesthavn activities, this involves more people, who
then feel they personally have a stake in Hesthavn's success and, more
broadly, in wildlife and nature conservation.
We have a number of teams who go motorless every year, and get special
support for that. The criteria for going motorless are:
- No driving at all during the Birdathon. The motorless trip starts from and
ends at your home.
- Any human-powered method is acceptable.
- Any public transit is acceptable.
- Motorized wheelchairs and other mobility devices acceptable.
Good Birding! And email me at Karan Fairchild, firstname.lastname@example.org with any
Karan Fairchild, Birdathon Coordinator
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet